Cool way to aid patients

ICE MAN: John Scarbrough
ICE MAN: John Scarbrough

A HOSPITAL chef proved himself to be a real cool customer by helping patients during the heatwave.

Executive chef John Scarbrough, based at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, not only made sure ice was available for patients, he also bought extra ice cubes, ice creams and ice lollies.

He said: “The weather has been very hot recently which can get uncomfortable when you are indoors all of the time.

“With the help of other staff, I have made sure ice was available for patients whenever they need it.

“I have also got bought more ice to ensure we have enough supplies to last us.”

And there were “ice creams and ice lollies for patients who are finding the heat quite difficult.”

John added: “It’s very important that we make patients feel as comfortable and as cared for as possible. I’m pleased I have been able to do my bit to ease any discomfort the warm weather can cause.”

Director of nursing, patient safety and quality Sue Smith thanked John and all of the catering team “for helping patients feel as comfortable as possible.

“All across the trust there are examples of staff that go that extra mile to help care for patients and I’d like to thank these people.”

Although Hartlepool has cooled over the last few days, temperatures will still remain higher than normal in the coming days although the weather will be more unsettled.