December 9, 2010 12.02 pm This story is over 157 months old

Nurses brave snow for city cancer patient

Brave: Community nurses went to visit patients to administer vital medication and carry out crucial checkups.

Community nurses Rosey Hall and Anne Hawbrook battled through freezing temperatures, blizzards, icy roads and snow drifts to help a Lincoln cancer patient.

Arthur from Lincoln has cancer and was snowed in his house, without a way to get vital medication and receive crucial checkups.

He said: “I was really pleased to see the community nurse and so grateful for the extra effort she made to visit me through the snow and ice.

“The nurses deserve real praise for their efforts,” he added.

Ian Benford, Complex Case Manager drove Hall and Hawbrook to Arthur in a 4×4 donated by the countywide Out of Hours service.

He said: “Of particular importance are those patients who are terminally ill and in the last days of their life.

“We were able to administer care and medication to the terminally ill ensuring that these patients were comfortable and able to live their last days with dignity.”

The community nurses visited many other patients at home during the heavy snow period last week.

Nurse Rosey Hall said: “We were able to provide essential treatment including insulin administration to wound dressings.

“Our colleagues from the Out of Hours service’s support allowed seriously ill patients to get the treatment they needed at a time when they needed it most.”

Source: NHS Lincolnshire