Flooding update from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Published: 10th December 2015
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation trust’s community, mental health, children’s and specialist services continue to work in very difficult conditions to help our patients in the community.
In many cases access to these patients is only possible with the help of the police and mountain rescue teams as the road network remains exceptionally difficult in some areas.
All of our routine appointments and clinics are now running as normal however in some areas due to the difficulties locally these are with a reduced capacity. If anyone has missed their appointments because of the difficulties left by the flooding please do not worry. Please contact the services to rearrange when you are able.
We have been able to maintain all of our urgent and priority services throughout the disruption. Despite very challenging conditions, we have been able to staff all of our inpatient units and check all of our priority patients which has been particularly challenging for our community staff.
Sara Munro director of Quality and Nursing for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:
“Spirit is one of the values we have at CPFT and we have been overwhelmed by just how much we have had from our staff throughout this incident. Our staff are members of our communities and they have, without exception, gone out of their way to get to all our most vulnerable patients to ensure they have the care they need. On many occasions we have been supported by the police and mountain rescue to get our staff to places which have been virtually inaccessible, we have seen partnership working at its very best. The hard work for our community teams and mental health services will continue for many months. Our children’s services staff have already been knocking on doors to give help and advice to families on keeping safe and well in the aftermath and our staff have been raising money to add to the community partnership fund. Nearly 100 of our own staff have been personally affected by the flooding and the Trust is supporting these staff members directly as they come to terms with the aftermath of these unprecedented events.”
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