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Care trust staff praised for response to flooding.

HEALTH staff have been praised for their response to flooding in Northumberland last year.

Northumberland Care Trust was involved in a multi-agency operation which kicked in after floods hit Morpeth, Rothbury and other parts of the county last September.

The trust helped identify vulnerable people and provided social care support and temporary care home places.

Residents of the trust's Riverside Care Home in Morpeth were moved to alternative placements and given social care support.

Care management staff helped out at the flood information centre which was set up in Morpeth.

And the trust's emergency duty team provided out of hours support.

District nurses were available at county hall in Morpeth to care for people displaced by flooding and the trust's public health directorate profiled the flood-affected residents of Castle Morpeth to support the recovery effort.

The trust met yesterday at Blyth's Isabella Centre.

Chairman Richard Houlden said it was right his staff had been praised for their work.

He said: "I would like to record my thanks to everyone involved.

"I think the response from the care trust was really very good in those circumstances.

"The way the care trust and others responded has been praised and it rightly should be."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 28, 2009
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