Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Peninsula Practice staff make it to work ‘by hook or by crook’ amid snow chaos

PUBLISHED: 17:29 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:31 02 March 2018

Staff at the Alderton Health Centre have been praised for their commitment and resilience during the bad weather this week.  Left to right: Zoe Goldsmith, Amber Snowdon, Dr Heather Noone, Sarah Fiddes, Dr Fiona Hobday. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Staff at the Alderton Health Centre have been praised for their commitment and resilience during the bad weather this week. Left to right: Zoe Goldsmith, Amber Snowdon, Dr Heather Noone, Sarah Fiddes, Dr Fiona Hobday. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A leading doctor in rural Suffolk has praised the commitment and resilience of her staff and the community amid a hazardous cold snap.

Sarah Fiddes, Dr Heather Noone, Zoe Goldsmith, Dr Fiona Hobday and Amber Snowdon of the Alderton Health Centre.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSarah Fiddes, Dr Heather Noone, Zoe Goldsmith, Dr Fiona Hobday and Amber Snowdon of the Alderton Health Centre. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Dr Lindsey Crockett says she has been “touched” by how everyone has rallied together to overcome challenges brought by a severe weather front nicknamed the Beast from the East.

Dr Crockett is a GP partner at Peninsula Practice, which covers 80 square miles of countryside with two surgeries in Alderton and Orford, and a full-time GP service in Warren Hill and Hollesley Bay prisons.

Virtually all staff have managed to get to work this week despite blocked roads, snowdrifts reaching 6ft, icy treacherous roads and temperatures sinking to -5C (23F), Dr Crockett said.

One of the practice nurses left her home in Kesgrave at 5.30am to get to Orford; a receptionist’s husband went out to rescue a stranded GP; and two doctors abandoned their cars in the snow to reach work.

Dr Lindsey Crockett from Peninsula Practice. Picture: LOUISE BUTLERDr Lindsey Crockett from Peninsula Practice. Picture: LOUISE BUTLER

A woman employed as a dispenser for the practice enlisted the help of her husband so she could deliver medication as usual on Wednesday.

Patients have also displayed “true camaraderie”, Dr Crockett said, helping to clear snowy paths, offering the use of their 4x4 vehicles and providing warm soup and tea.

A local professional carer contacted the practice to say they could visit patients in their homes for any non-medical needs; while clinical staff not employed at the organisation but who lived in the area offered their services.

Dr Crockett said: “I wouldn’t normally blow our trumpet but I was so touched by the incredible community spirit and our staff commitment.

“We are good at getting bashed a lot, the NHS and GPs, and actually this was an example of where there was true resilience.

“The staff got themselves to work by hook or by crook.”

She added: “I think I was slightly anticipating that there would be staff who couldn’t get in, but in fact it was the opposite, everyone felt inspired and motivated by each other’s strength of spirit and it was such a lovely atmosphere to be working.”

Meanwhile, bosses at Ipswich, West Suffolk and Colchester hospitals have said their A&E departments have not seen a rise in attendances by patients suffering from weather-related problems this week.

A murder investigation is under way in Ipswich today after a man was stabbed to death in broad daylight.

From top notch cafes to fancy restaurants, these are officially the best places to wine and dine in Ipswich.

Commuters may be held up by roadworks in Suffolk and north Essex this week – find out if the A12, A14 and A120 will be affected with our traffic and travel guide.

Online retailer Asos has warned over sales and profits after experiencing a “significant deterioration” in trading in the run-up to Christmas.

Laura Ashley is to close around 40 stores, as the company’s new chairman pushes ahead with a fresh vision for the brand which includes expansion in China.

Two national lottery winners are doing their part and getting hands-on for a big Christmas party for young carers in Essex.

Shareholders in Shotley’s iconic Victorian pier are voting on its future design – but some feel they are being ignored.

Police dealt with three reported stabbings in Ipswich today in less than 12 hours, officers have confirmed.

Fire engines were seen outside a high rise block of flats in Ipswich today after an alarm repeatedly malfunctioned.

A man has died following a stabbing in Ipswich, sparking a murder investigation.

Most read

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24