During this period of heavy snow and transport disruption, nurses on Safari children’s ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital have been sleeping in the hospital overnight to ensure they are there for their shifts in the morning. They stay in empty patient rooms or on the assessment unit – and will even sleep on trolleys if there aren’t any beds!
Ward sister Bethan Williams said: “It took one of our nurses three hours to get into work on Wednesday, so she brought her overnight bag with her as she knew it would make more sense to stay at the hospital overnight than struggle home and risk being late in the morning.
“The team on Safari ward is incredible – they always put our patients and their families first. When the weather deteriorated, they got together to work out how best to cover their shifts between them. They did the same thing last time we had heavy snow. I’m very proud of them.”