Extreme winter weather conditions Message from Liz Davenport, Interim Chief Executive

Weather Alert
Weather Alert

Published: 1 March 2018

Due to the extreme winter weather conditions and red weather warning from the Met Office, we are putting in place our internal major incident plans, so that we can continue to support urgent and emergency services.

The Met Office red warning means that people are advised not to travel so we are cancelling all non-urgent activity today and tomorrow, including outpatient appointments and day surgery.

We are using a fleet of 4x4s to help transport staff to and from work – including getting to people who urgently need treatment in their homes and communities. We are also appealing to any 4X4 drivers who could volunteer to support this activity over today and tomorrow to contract us on 01803 656269.

Any of our clinical staff who can’t get to their usual place of work are also being asked to report to their nearest hospital for duty, in line with our policy.

I would like to thank all our staff who have responded to help us keep vital services open.

This level of winter weather warning is unprecedented for Devon and it is important that we all take responsibility for staying safe, so please do heed advice and warnings.

Liz Davenport