Friday 18th April 2014 – 11.35am – Chris Kowalik.
There was a climb up a hill on foot for ambulance crews last night to get to a fallen mountain biker.
The cyclist, a man in his forties was with a group riding on the Clent hills when he fell from his bike in woods and hit a tree.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 9.40pm on Thursday 17th April.
The call was made by an off-duty paramedic who was part of the cycling group and who immediately began giving basic treatment to the injured man.
He was then joined by an advanced community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer, the MERIT trauma team, the Hazardous Area Response Team and an ambulance crew.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The emergency vehicles could only get as far as Sunfield Children’s Home who had helpfully kept part of their car park clear for us and from where crews had to carry their equipment on foot uphill for about fifteen minutes to get to the cyclist.
“The man had banged his head. He had abrasions to his face and hands, and pain to his wrist and back. He was immobilised onto a rescue stretcher for carrying back downhill to the ambulance. He also felt nauseous for which he was given anti-sickness drugs.
“He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”