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NHS Somerset appeals for 4x4 vehicle drivers to help transport hospital staff

4x4 vehicle drivers are needed to help get medical staff to their place of work, including Musgrove Hospital, Taunton. Photo: PA

Hospitals in Somerset are appealing urgently for drivers of 4x4 vehicles to assist in transporting essential hospital and community health staff today and/or tomorrow.

Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital, Yeovil District Hospital and community hospitals in Somerset hope drivers will volunteer to get staff to and from their place of work.

The appeal comes as the health and social care system remains in major incident status due to the severe weather conditions and treacherous state of the roads.

Despite weather warnings being reduced to a Yellow Level 3, medical staff say the snow and icy roads are still making transport difficult.

Somerset’s hospital, community, social care services and GPs would like to express their sincere thanks to all the members of the public who have volunteered their support over the last few days.

Their help has been invaluable and ensured Somerset’s NHS and social care services has been able to safety support the county’s most sick and vulnerable. ”

– Dr Rosie Benneyworth, a GP and Clinical Lead for Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

Drivers who wish to assist can contact the on-call hospital managers:

  • Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton:01823 333444
  • Yeovil District Hospital: 01935 475122