Cold weather update

Posted: January 17, 2013

Information & updates for our patients and visitors

Latest update: 11.45pm Wednesday 23rd January

Services are running as normal. If you have an outpatient appointment scheduled for today, and you are able to travel in safely, please attend as normal unless you are contacted.

Please don't travel to hospital unless it is safe to do so.  If you can't attend an outpatient appointment or procedure please let us know by calling the number on your appointment letter. We'll be able to rearrange your appointment for you.

While there is no significant snowfall forecast, there is still a risk of ice and snow on untreated roads and surfaces, so please take care when you are out and about this week. 

Maintaining patient services
The Trust has contingency plans in place to help ensure we continue to maintain essential patient services during severe weather conditions.

As we have done in the past, there will be a process in place for emergency 4x4 transport to get essential staff if all other means of transport have failed.  Assistance with accommodation will also be available for staff who are unable to get home.

Ensuring safety
It is important that we ensure patient and staff safety.  We are ensuring that roads and car parks are gritted and kept clear for patients and staff.  Please take extra care - especially in the car parks and when entering the buildings.

Keep updated
Please keep a close watch on weather reports in your local area.  You can access regular updates on the Met Office website

Safe winter driving advice

Simple steps you can take to help you stay safe on the roads in wintry weather.

  • Antifreeze - check coolant level regularly and, if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Your garage should check concentration to ensure adequate cold temperature protection.
  • Battery - the most common cause of winter breakdowns. A battery more than five years old may struggle in the cold - get it checked and replaced if necessary to avoid the inconvenience of an unplanned failure.
  • Fuel - keep to at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay.
  • Lights  - check and clean all lights regularly to make sure you can see and be seen clearly. Carry spare bulbs.
  • Tyres - should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Consider winter tyres for improved safety. Check pressures at least every fortnight.
  • Windscreen - reduce dazzle from the low sun by keeping the screen clean inside and out.  Now is a good time to renew worn wiper blades.
  • Screen wash  - use a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash to reduce the chance of freezing in frosty weather.
  • Locks and door seals - stop doors freezing shut with a thin coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals.  A squirt of water dispersant (WD-40) in locks will help stop them freezing.

When bad weather is forecast, don't forget:

  • Warm winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves and warm clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Sturdy boots
  • Flask of hot drink

More information about driving safely in winter can be found on the AA's website.




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