Starting this Thursday evening, as part of the weekly #ClapforCarers display of thanks for key workers across the country, emergency services in Surrey will add their support in a special ‘Blue Light Serenade’ at all five of Surrey’s acute hospitals.
Police vehicles, ambulances and fire engines are intending to gather (incidents permitting) at each of Surrey’s acute hospitals every week and will simultaneously flash their blue lights in a coordinated display to coincide with the #ClapforCarers at 8pm. The event is being organised by local Police, Fire and Ambulance officers with hospital staff to demonstrate the county’s unified approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dan Quin said: “We wanted to make a statement of thanks to everyone involved in the fight against coronavirus across this county. Through Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum, partners have been working together in the most remarkable way to get things done to support our residents, and importantly our NHS colleagues and partners on the front-line.”
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Alison Barlow, added: “We thought a weekly ‘Blue Light Serenade’ across the county would be a fantastic way to bring colleagues together to show our support to keyworkers across Surrey. A huge thanks to everyone involved in making this happen.”
The hospitals involved include St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey; Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford; Frimley Hospital, Camberley; East Surrey Hospital, Redhill; and Epsom Hospital.
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Notes to Editor
- The Surrey Local Resilience Forum Surrey County Council is the lead agency across Surrey for this response, the LRF is a bit like a local version of COBRA, bringing all local agencies together to deal with a crisis or incident. We are working in partnership – county council, district and boroughs, police, fire as well as health colleagues – on tackling this crisis and making sure we can protect the NHS and keep our residents as safe as possible.
- Surrey Heartlands is a partnership of health and care organisations working together across most of Surrey – with staff, patients, their carer’s, families and members of the public – to transform local services and support people to live healthier lives. Together we are known as an ‘Integrated Care System’ – partnerships where health organisations, the local authorities and others take a collective responsibility for improving the health of the local population, managing resources (including money) and making sure services are high quality.