We’ve heard many examples of Trust colleagues going the extra mile to make sure they get into work and support their colleagues and patients, despite the flooding across our area in recent weeks. One such colleague is Sue Peckham, a Community Nurse in Tewkesbury.
Despite her home being cut off, Sue has been putting her waders on and, using a canoe for stability, has been navigating her flooded garden to dry land, where her car is parked and she can set off to work. Sue, who has lived in her house for 15 years, said: “This is the second time we have been flooded this winter, which is quite unusual. It’s not the worst flooding we’ve ever had, although the water has got into the house. I have got used to it, but it doesn’t make it any easier. I know a lot of my colleagues in Tewkesbury have also been having trouble getting to their visits due to flooding, so we’ve had to rearrange our workloads. It was my weekend to work this past weekend so it’s been really important that I can get in and help my colleagues, as well as make sure our patients are well looked after. At the end of the day I use my waders and canoe to get home again but I know a lot of people who are experiencing flooding and it’s just what we do.”
Sue has asked us to point out that she doesn’t recommend walking through floodwater – particularly when you don’t know what’s underneath it!