Specialist nurses at a Sheffield hospital are on the road helping cystic fibrosis patients after taking delivery of a new car.
Staff from the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, based at the Northern General Hospital in Fir Vale, were presented with the keys to a new lease car by dealership Burrows Toyota, based on Penistone Road, Hillsborough.
The vehicle will allow workers to see patients in the comfort of their own homes, providing nursing and therapy such as administering antibiotics and taking blood tests.
More than 170 patients across the region are currently cared for by the team.
Frank Edenborough, a consultant in respiratory and adult cystic fibrosis medicine, said: “Our specialist nurses can really get to know patients by visiting them in their own environment.
“It helps them see first-hand how they are coping with their condition and gain a better understanding of what support they need.”
The car is the third leased to the Sheffield Hospitals Charity to support people with the condition, which clogs up the lungs with thick, sticky mucus, affecting the ability to breathe.
Visiting patients at home cuts down the number of hospital visits needed.
Previous cars covered more than 6,600 miles, visiting homes as far away as Grimsby, Goole and Scunthorpe.
David Reynolds, director at Sheffield Hospitals Charity, said: “If you have a lifelong condition like cystic fibrosis, you just want to lead a normal a life without the disruption caused by your treatment.
“Being visited at home will make a huge difference.”