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Isle of Wight health providers draw praise

Tue 9 Mar 2010

Isle of Wight health providers draw praise

An official in the Isle of Wight has hailed the island's healthcare services following the recent cold snap.

The UK experienced the harshest winter conditions in three decades at the beginning of 2010, which placed considerable strain on the NHS.

However, NHS Isle of Wight believes the extreme weather proved to be an excellent test of its ability to respond and adapt to different situations, VentnorBlog reports.

Chief executive Kevin Flynn said: "A tremendous number of staff really went the extra mile during the snow."

He was speaking after 45 NHS teams and employees were voted NHS Snow Heroes by the public.

Mr Flynn said the accolades recognised many of those who performed "exceptionally well" during a challenging period.

This comes after Sheila Paul, chief operating officer for NHS Isle of Wight, said staff worked "tirelessly" to keep essential services up and running throughout the cold snap.

She also hailed the efforts put in by other professionals, including dentists, pharmacists, GPs and opticians.

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