8 January 2010
BRCBritish Red Cross staff and volunteers are braving the snow and ice to provide extra support for vulnerable people across the county as more cold weather hits the Cheshire area as the severe weather conditions continue.
Thanks to the Red Cross' Land Rover 4x4 emergency vehicles, Red Cross staff and volunteers have been able to support vulnerable people through the organisation's patient transfer and care in the home services with minimal disruption.
Red Cross service co-ordinator Helen Coppenhall said: “We have continued to provide our patient transfer service in adverse weather conditions. We helped one lady from a remote part of Alsager and without the 4x4 there is no way she would have got back to the comfort of her own home that evening.”
Home from hospital
The patient transfer service is an out-of-hours contract service, which runs from Leighton Hospital in Crewe. Red Cross staff transport people from hospital to their homes between 6pm and 8am. The service is funded by Central and Eastern Primary Care Trust.
In the Macclesfield and Congleton areas, where the weather has been particularly bad, staff and volunteers are continuing to provide support for people who have been discharged from hospital and making sure they get back to their homes safely. They have also been providing a shopping support service for people who are unable to get to the shops by themselves.
Contacting vulnerable people across the county
According to Sue Wreglesworth, senior service manager for the British Red Cross in Cheshire: “Our dedicated staff and volunteers have been amazing during these conditions and have pulled together to contact over 1,000 vulnerable people throughout Cheshire to make sure they are safe and to find out if they need any support – whether it is shelter, warmth or food.”
The Red Cross medical equipment loan service, which provides items such as wheelchairs, backrests and bath seats is also experiencing higher demand due to the conditions.
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