News and Notices

4 x 4 support in bad weather

The Trust has access to a limited amount of 4x4 vehicles; subsequently, requests for support will only be considered if the care of a vulnerable person is in jeopardy. An example of this would be: there is urgent clinical need for a Community Nurse to get out to a vulnerable patient in an area affected by snow/ice.

Due to the scarcity of this resource, requests from staff for transport to or from work will be rejected unless it is an emergency situation and all other options have been exploited.

The process for requesting 4x4 support is: -

  1. Assess the situation - Does the request meet the above criteria? Is it essential? Is it an emergency?
  2. Request support - Requests can only be progressed via the following routes: -
    1. 09:00 – 17:00, Mon-Sun (7 days) – contact the Clinical Navigation Team at Clay Cross on 0300 1000 442 or 01246 252973.
    2. Out of hours – contact the On-Call Manager via DHcFT Switchboard on 01332 623700 (ask for DCHS’ On-Call Manager).

Please note that the requesting service may be charged for using the 4x4 support so requests made during office hours should be agreed with line-management.