NEAS copes with the floods
Wat-er night! NEAS battles through the floods to keep ambulances running
Evacuations, a flooded ambulance station and 40 babies and
toddlers taking refuge at headquarters.
Just some of the extreme situations faced by NEAS staff
yesterday battling against the ferocious rain.
The weather placed tremendous strain on the service, but thanks
to the dedication and commitment of staff in all areas of the
organisation, NEAS continued to function.
Despite gridlock on the roads and flooded routes, the A & E
crews showed great fortitude in reaching their patients, thanks to
some sterling work in the control centre.
Some urgent calls were in a stack for a short time, but given
the immense pressure on the service, call handlers and clinicians
A number of evacuations took place, in areas such as North
Monkseaton, Gateshead and Whitley Bay.
Sandyford Station was closed due to flooding, with sewage and
rain water entering the building. Staff were re-located to
At HQ, the roof of a nearby nursery collapsed. No-one was hurt,
but nursery staff and 40 babies and toddlers took shelter on the
ground floor of Bernicia House.
The little ones were dried off and nursery staff provided with
spare uniforms due to their drenching, while ground floor NEAS
staff kept the children entertained while they waited for their
Paul Liversidge, Chief Operating Officer, said: "I'd like to
place on record my thanks to everyone for their efforts yesterday.
The extreme weather put enormous pressure on NEAS, and the reaction
from all staff was amazing. They were an absolute credit to the
job, and there are some fantastic examples of dedication across all
"Our aim was to preserve our 999 and urgent care services, and
we did that despite a number of serious challenges."