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Road warriors have kept my Michael out of hospital... they have hearts of gold.

THEY are the nurses with a heart of gold.

Come rain or shine, Debbie and Sandra - who work on the North Solihull Virtual Ward Team - are on the road, providing excellent care in the homes of a roster of patients with long-term conditions.

And for Sonia Porter, they have been her lifeline for the past 18 months.

Sonia's 69-year-old husband Michael suffers from a number of conditions, including heart failure, diabetes, COPD, and dementia.

But thanks to Debbie and Sandra's superlative work, he has been able to be cared for at home in Chelmsley Wood, and has not had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

Her husband receives regular check-ups from the team but Sonia, 67, knows she only has to pick up the phone if she is worried about her husband's health and he will be attended to.

"They really give me peace of mind because if I am worried about anything, I can call them and they will round here as quickly as they can," she says. "There are times when I've been concerned about something but didn't want to bother the GP, but I know I can call Sandra and Debbie.

"Their care has kept my husband out of hospital and I can't thank them enough."

She says they never rush their care and have even collected a prescription for Sonia when she hasn't had the opportunity to fetch it.

"They have hearts of gold and I don't know what I'd do without them," she adds.

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