Hospital proud of workers' efforts
Staff at the Royal United Hospital have been taking on longer shifts in order to keep services running.
To ensure that appointments and operations scheduled to take place were not cancelled, many staff members worked double shifts in recent days, while some have also walked miles through the snow.
An RUH spokesman said: "Part of our planning for severe weather incidents involves ensuring we have enough staff in on every ward to maintain a high quality service given the difficulties many of them will inevitably face getting to the hospital.
"A number of our staff have made heroic efforts battling against the weather to get to work and we are very proud of the level of commitment they have shown to their patients and to keeping the RUH running.
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"Many staff have offered to work longer shifts to help out and many have also stayed in our on-site accommodation in order to ensure they would be able to turn up for their shift the following day and treat their patients.
"Others have driven miles out of their way in order to pick up their colleagues who would otherwise not have been able to get in. We are extremely grateful for their efforts."
The snow forced an emergency air evacuation for a pregnant woman from Frome who was suffering complications on Friday and had to be flown to the hospital in a RAF Sea King helicopter.
Meanwhile, emergency response volunteers from the British Red Cross have been helping to provide medical care to people stuck at home.
Around 20 volunteers have driven more than 2,000 miles during the past five days in 4x4 trucks to help NHS staff from Sirona Care and Health provide medical support to patients suffering from terminal illnesses.
They have also helped deliver meals on wheels and get key staff, including gritting lorry drivers to work.