Ruth Blundell and the Mountain rescue team took remote access to a new level this weekend.
Shap Medical Practice had contacted Ruth, Senior Community Staff Nurse from
Upper Eden District Nurses, to see a patient who lived remotely.
“Knowing the local area, Ruth knew it was hilly with added snow. Shap then organised Mountain Rescue to assist as it was urgent and I was unlikely to reach them in my car.
“They arrived quickly and ready with all the equipment needed including tyres chains, just in case.
“Having now been, I’m very glad I had their support. Without it, I don’t think I would have got there.
“It felt very efficient bringing the teams together, and meant the patient got timely and efficient care preventing further escalation being needed, including the need to be removed from their home in poor weather conditions.”
Mountain rescue teams are trained to drive in adverse conditions and they are equipped with specialised equipment should the situation deteriorate.
Upper Eden have previously worked closely with them in Beast from the East. Kirkby Stephen work base is next door to the mountain rescue base. Upper Eden is a small community and the teams have a great relationship.
“Having their support made for a fun, unique and successful ending to a very snowy and rather challenging day. It was nice to have some light relief and something challenging end well in a currently, very stretched NHS.”