Nurses urged to come out of retirement

A HUGE shortage of nurses at a Suffolk hospital has triggered an appeal for anyone who is trained to come forward and help out.Staff sickness at Hartismere Hospital in Eye has got so bad that Central Suffolk Primary Care Trust is asking anyone who for example may have just retired or left their job to help them.

A HUGE shortage of nurses at a Suffolk hospital has triggered an appeal for anyone who is trained to come forward and help out.

Staff sickness at Hartismere Hospital in Eye has got so bad that Central Suffolk Primary Care Trust is asking anyone who for example may have just retired or left their job to help them.

Jan Rowsell, spokeswoman for the PCT said that the problem was not due to one sickness bug but to a variety of illnesses.

She said: "Everyone in the NHS is busy.


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"The hospital has opened extra beds and the other community hospitals are also very busy so there are no agency staff to plug the gap.

"Everyone is working together."

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Ms Rowsell denied that the hospital was at crisis point.

She said: "It is simply that we would like nurses who have perhaps recently retired or people who are trained who can come to Eye to get in touch."

Anyone who can help is asked to call Sonia Baker at Central Suffolk PCT on 01379 873195.

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