Cycling doctor defies hazardous conditions to see patients

Sheffield GP Dr Jez McCole has used his mountain bike to keep his surgery open and patients healthy through heavy snow.

Dr McCole, of the Gleadless Medical Centre, is cycling to his surgery and using his bike to see patients as other surgeries are forced to close.

The GP regularly leaves his car at home to tend to housebound patients, and cycles up to 100 miles a week.

‘I'm still waiting for ice spike tyres to turn up in the post, but the bike’s big bulky wheels meant I managed to keep going,’ he said.

Dr McCole hopes his efforts will encourage more doctors in the city to turn to pedal power.

‘There are a lot more doctors using their bikes than you might imagine. Three of us use ours at Gleadless regularly.

‘Everyone I come across mentions that they haven’t seen a doctor on a bike in years, they find it unusual and interesting and it certainly raises a few smiles,’ he said.

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