Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…
People living in a care home with health problems have been given the rare chance to get outside and enjoy the sunshine at the coast.
Staff at Greenacres Care Home in Heckington were able to take five of their residents to Skegness for the day, thanks to Thames Ambulance Services (TASL).
The people don’t often get the opportunity to go out, with the residents in question having several health restrictions that have made it difficult for staff to take them out of the home.
But this changed on September 1, when the group were able to take in the sights and sounds of Lincolnshire’s thriving coastal town.
The group travelled in a non-emergency ambulance specifically fitted for the patients’ mobility and health requirements.
“We’d like to have transported more residents, but of course, we had to prioritise vehicles for our booked patients,” said Mick Cordwell, acting station manager at TASL’s Grantham base who spearheaded the initiative.
“I’m proud of my staff here who gave up their spare time for such a rewarding cause, though.”
TASL work with residents at Greenacres Care Home regularly to take them to health care appointments.
The group were treated to a flyover from a Lancashire Bomber just before they returned home.
“What our team at Grantham have done is something that is completely outside what is expected, they have shown how much they care about their patients,” said Tom Bussey, TASL’s contract manager, for Lincolnshire.
“They deserve all the praise they get for such great work.”
This outing was the first of its kind TASL has done, but bosses now say the company hopes to investigate offering similar opportunities to its other patient groups.