Praise for festive-period healthcare workers

PUBLISHED: 14:45 10 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

DOCTORS and nurses who spent their Christmas treating sick patients have been commended for their work this week. Herts Urgent Care (HUC), a Community Benefit Society which operates on a not-for-profit basis, has a team of more than 300 GPs and nurses who

DOCTORS and nurses who spent their Christmas treating sick patients have been commended for their work this week.

Herts Urgent Care (HUC), a Community Benefit Society which operates on a not-for-profit basis, has a team of more than 300 GPs and nurses who together provide out-of-hours GP services for patients across the county.

From Christmas Day to December 28, the army of medical and supporting staff handled more than 5,000 patient calls in the county.

Dr Steve Harris, chairman of HUC and a Herts GP, praised the staff and said: "It was an incredibly busy period over the Christmas break and we faced an unprecedented demand for our services throughout the period that GP surgeries were closed.

"On our busiest days we had 75 GPs and nurses and over 100 operational staff providing care. I'm immensely grateful for all of their efforts."

The new organisation, which took over from St Albans and Region Doctors On-Call (STARDOC) at the end of August last year, is due to have an official opening ceremony this week at its HQ in the Ambulance Training Centre in Welwyn Garden City.

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