Rory Stewart MP has praised the work of Eden’s District Nursing teams after they battled through snow and wind to care for patients during Storm Emma.

With the help of Mountain Rescue, and members of the public with four wheel drive vehicles, or farmers with tractors, teams from Kirkby Stephen, Penrith and Alston endured heavy snowfall, huge drifts, high winds and treacherous road conditions to reach patients, many of whom live in very rural or remote locations.

Rory visited the teams in Kirkby Stephen and Penrith to hear about their experiences first hand, and has also written letters to each team to thank them for their efforts.

After the visits Rory said: “It has been a privilege to meet just some of the wonderful District Nurses who work so hard every day, but throughout the recent storms, have really gone above and beyond for their patients. They have had many long, hard days in often dangerous conditions. Without complaining, they have worked extra hours and gone to work on days off to support colleagues and ensure that every patient receives the care they need. Their dedication and compassion is remarkable, and we should be very proud of each and every one of them.”

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