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Staff put best foot forward for intensive care unit

Doctors and nurses have ‘stepped up’ to the mark to raise funds for the Scunthorpe hospital intensive care unit.

Staff from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust gave up their August bank holiday weekend to walk the 50 miles between all three hospitals run by the Trust.

Wearing theatre scrubs, six members of staff took part with two walking from Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, to Scunthorpe General Hospital on the Saturday then all six stepped out on Sunday to walk from Scunthorpe hospital to Goole hospital.

Dr Sahar Biuk organised the event to give something back to the hospital.  She said: “It was a very challenging walk, and on Saturday we got caught out in the rain from Scawby to Scunthorpe. But it was for a worthy cause, and that's what kept us going.

"The support we received from the public was amazing. Some of our colleagues actually scouted the roads to find us on our way, some walked with us for short distances, and one of our consultants invited us into his home for a hot drink and some snacks.

“We were also pleasantly surprised by the number of people who honked their horns and waved to us as we were walking along the route. Some people even stopped to donate money along the way. These kind gestures certainly made it worth the effort."

So far the walk has raised just under £2,500 but donations are still coming in and the team have a target amount of £10,000.

Dr Biuk added: “The money raised will help us to purchase equipment for the intensive care unit at Scunthorpe General Hospital which will benefit our patients by helping in their recovery.

“We are aiming to buy some advanced communication aids for patients who are connected to a breathing machine. These aids will assist patients in conveying messages to staff and family. This will greatly reduce the stress and frustration that patients can experience due their inability to communicate with others while having a breathing tube in place.”

Other equipment Dr Buik is hoping to purchase includes a state of the art physiotherapy machine that will help in the recovery of patients who have chronic lung disease.

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