Dr Paul Roblin, chief executive of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire LMCs said he was 'so impressed' by the number of doctors, nurses and receptionists that had gone the extra mile to get into work'.
He said he had heard of doctors bringing sleeping bags to their practices and staying overnight, of staff staying locally instead of going home, and of some bringing their children in with them to make sure their surgeries stayed open. One practice went on Radio Berkshire live to appeal for anyone with a 4x4 to help take doctors on house visits. Another nurse set-off at 6am to walk a 15-mile round trip.
The Sandhurst Group Practice in Berkshire said its staff had been 'slithering and sliding their way to work' and that the 'Dunkirk spirit' prevailed. It also said its practice nurses in the areas re-arranged surgeries so that patients could be seen at their nearest surgery.
Lorna Davitt, practice manager for the Medici Medical Centre in Luton, found herself stranded at the supermarket with a trolley load of shopping unable to get a taxi home because of the heavy snow. The only person who came to mind with a 4x4 was GP colleague Dr Ashok Sahdev. After getting her home safely and with the shopping unloaded he then said: 'Now I will take you back to work.'
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