Beating the snow: your stories

With the Met Office issuing severe weather warnings across the UK, many GPs and nurses have had a tough journey into work this week.

Recent weather conditions have made the journey to work difficult for many (Photograph: istock)
Recent weather conditions have made the journey to work difficult for many (Photograph: istock)

But in between reports of the heaviest snow fall hitting Britain for 50 years come tales of GPs beating the odds to make it to work.

The chairman of Wessex LMC Dr Nigel Watson said one GP in Portsmouth booked into a local hotel on Tuesday night after a failed attempt to get home in the heavy snow. This meant that he could hold the fort at the practice the next day after the other partners and locums failed to get in at all. Watson also said that many GPs in the area had been trapped in a major tailback on the M27 on Tuesday night, which meant their usual journey time of 30 minute turned into a two-hour slog.

Stories of difficult journeys come in from elsewhere in the UK. In Coventry, GP Dr Grant Ingrams said his journey to work started with a ‘long slide down the hill', but then took a turn for the better when he got onto the main roads. Nevertheless, his normal journey time of 30 minutes journey took over an hour.

Meanwhile, the BBC reported on a GP in Lower Largo, Fife, who has resorted to her own gritting measures after the council's salt supply ran out. Following heavy snowfall GP Dr Janice Duncan has been using the sand from the local beach to grit the roads and make her way to work. 

As weather forecasts predict more of the same, it's likely that these stories will continue for the rest of the week. However, Dr Watson also said that Wessex LMC was currently in discussions with the PCT about implementing a buddy-up arrangement, such as the one planned for coping with the swine flu pandemic, as a means of coping with the severe weather conditions.

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