01 November 2016

Night nurses’ new car

Night nurses at Rennie Grove Hospice Care have a brand new set of wheels in whichRennie Grove nurses with the Fiat 500 X to make their out-of-hours patient visits, thanks to Vehicle Rental Services (VRS).

The Beaconsfield-based company adopted Rennie Grove as their Charity of the Year and have been fundraising throughout 2016.  Managing Director Mark Brandom and his son Richard raised more than £11,000 during the summer through a whole host of activities culminating in a mammoth trek of the Moroccan 3 Peaks. 

Mark explained: “VRS have been supporting the work of Rennie Grove over the past year and when we heard recently that there was an urgent need for a reliable vehicle for the night nurses we didn’t hesitate in trying to help them by providing a brand new Fiat 500 X. We know the car will be put to very good use and we were very pleased that we could help support Rennie Grove’s vital work in the local community in this way.”

Rennie Grove operates a 24/7 responsive service, providing specialist care in patients’ homes at any time of the day or night, 365 days of the year.  Its team of night nurses cover more than 38,000 miles each year to reach all the patients who need out-of-hours care and support.  Managing symptoms as soon as they occur is a crucial part of giving patients the choice to remain at home rather than having to be admitted to hospital.

Judith Moore is Rennie Grove’s Head of Nursing and Clinical Services in Hertfordshire and also manages the overnight nursing team, based at Rennie House in Tring but serving the charity’s whole catchment into south Bucks and parts of west Herts.  She was thrilled with the new vehicle, saying: “During the day, our nurses usually use their own vehicles to make patient visits, but it’s so helpful for the night team to have a pool car that they know they can rely on. The Fiat 500 X is a perfect, manageable size for our night nurses, ideal for country lanes or city streets - and it’s an added bonus for us that it is a four-wheel drive.  With winter round the corner, driving conditions will be deteriorating.  As temperatures plummet, particularly at night, our nurses will now have the added security of a vehicle built to manage icy roads and snow.”

During the day, the charity’s hospice at home nurses will still rely on local volunteer drivers willing to offer lifts in their 4x4 vehicles, in order to reach patients during periods of heavy snowfall, but the Fiat 500 X will mean that these selfless volunteers may no longer need to be disturbed during the night.