21 January 2013
For immediate release 21 January 2013
For further information Clare O'Keefe
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Staff and volunteers from the British Red Cross have been busy in Nottingham and North Notts, helping residents and NHS staff to stay safe during the recent bad weather.
British Red Cross staff have been using 4x4 vehicles over the weekend and today (Monday) to ensure they can continue to visit people around Nottingham who need support at home and to take district nurses to vulnerable people in the north of the county.
Since Saturday morning, eight Red Cross staff have visited 38 people up to four times a day in Gedling, Mapperley, Arnold, Chiwell, Beeston, Wollaton, Stapleford and Hucknall to ensure they are coping in their own homes despite the snow and cold temperatures.
It is part of the British Red Cross crisis intervention community support service (CICSS), which helps patients stay in their own homes by providing short-term intensive care to individuals with their homes, helping to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.
People are referred to CICSS by their GPs and other local healthcare professionals - and the service has been commissioned by Nottingham North East and Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Groups to help prevent people get the support they need to remain living independently at home. Red Cross staff help with personal care, medicine prompting and the preparation of light meals.
At the same time, British Red Cross volunteers have been active in north Notts. Emergency response volunteers have been using 4x4 vehicles to help district nurses reach patients in parts of Notts which have experienced heavy snow.
On the request of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, volunteers used 4x4 vehicles on Friday evening and into the early hours of Saturday, to help district nurses and palliative care nurses visit patients in Worksop, Mansfield and Newark.
Barbara-Anne Walker, operations director for the British Red Cross in Notts, said: “We’re proud to be able to carry on helping vulnerable people around Nottingham despite the bad weather we have seen over the past few days.
“Furthermore, it is great that Red Cross volunteers are able to help health professionals to continue their crucial work, even in extreme weather such as the recent snow.
“Our emergency response capacity ensures that the vital service provided by CICSS is able to keep people safe in their homes, and prevents unnecessary hospital stays, no matter what the weather.”
The British Red Cross is running Ready for Winter – a campaign to encourage people to gear up for severe weather.
Tips on how to prepare include:
• Stay informed about bad weather – check severe weather warnings from the Met Office and flood warnings in England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
• Take time now to prepare an emergency kit full of essentials for your home and your car- plus a kit for when you’re on the move.
• Don't have time to learn first aid? Download our first aid mobile app - it's free, and could help you save a life.
• Make sure you have alternative ways to keep warm in case your home heating is disrupted.
During severe weather
• Check on neighbours, family and friends - especially those who live alone - to see if they need help.
• Clear snow or ice from pathways of those who can’t do it themselves.
Notes to editors
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies
in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on
with their lives.