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Caring for patients with complex needs in Rome

Sue Nightingale shares how she used her nursing skills to accompany sick and disabled people on a trip to Rome

I have been a volunteer medic for various organisations since 2008. I rarely take holidays that do not involve me caring for someone as a nurse. My nursing career has taken me to many parts of the world and allowed me to care for vulnerable people.

In April 2016, I was asked by Across if I would like to accompany a group of sick and disabled VIPs (very important pilgrims) on a trip to Rome in April 2016. This involved taking 10 VIPs along with 12 helpers and group leaders on a purpose built coach ambulance, which was equipped with stretchers, wheelchair access, emergency equipment, kitchen, disabled toilet and hoist; essentially, everything needed to travel by land for 30 hours to Rome.

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