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NHS staff helped to keep moving this Winter

10 Dec 2012 15:55:42

A kind hearted car dealer has shown his support to the health service by helping to keep NHS staff moving this Winter.

Mike Tyson, Managing director of Guy Salmon Land Rover in Sheffield, has, for the second year running, loaned The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) a Land Rover Defender 110 XS Station Wagon to use during periods of bad weather.

The vehicle will be used in emergency situations to get staff to their places of work, in and around Rotherham, to ensure that high levels of service to patients can be maintained during periods of bad weather. Winter places extra pressure on health services within the Trust and medical staff often see a big increase in patients suffering with complaints such as breaks and strains due to accidents which have taken place in bad weather. A full workforce of Trust staff is important during this time to ensure that patients can be seen and treated quickly.

John Cartwright, Director of Facilities at TRFT commented: “The vehicle’s primary purpose will be to strengthen the Trust’s business resilience plans around getting staff to and from work in the event of serious adverse weather conditions, for example, when buses are no longer running.”

“We are delighted that Mr Tyson has offered to help us out again and, like last year, we are sure that the vehicle will prove indispensable during any snow and ice. We can’t thank him enough.”

Mike Tyson added: “Following a few bad winters we were well aware of our vehicles’ capabilities in such conditions. Within our organisation we try to give something back to the local community so the request from TRFT for help was an ideal opportunity to do just that”.

A specially trained team of staff from TRFT will operate the vehicle so that they can pick up and collect key colleagues who are unable to get into or home from work. The use of the vehicle will be determined by the Trust’s internal incident team who will help to decide which staff should be transported as a priority.

 Land Rover Defender 

 Mike Tyson (left), John Cartwright (right) and the Land Rover Defender 110 XS.


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