Significant ankle injury following Stratford-upon-Avon RTC requires major trauma centre


Wednesday 24th September 2014 – 8.40pm – Claire Brown.

An elderly man has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after sustaining a significant ankle injury following a collision with a car in Stratford-upon-Avon this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to outside Oxshalls Farm Hotel on the Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, shortly before 4.50pm (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The elderly gentleman had reportedly been walking across the road, pushing his bicycle, when the collision with the car happened.

“The man, believed to be in his 80s, was being cared for by passers-by when ambulance staff arrived. Upon assessment, they found he had sustained a nasty fractured and dislocated ankle together with a significant injury to the same foot. Due to the type of injury, the ambulance staff and medic administered three different types of analgesia to relieve the man’s pain. Once these had taken effect, the doctor carefully manipulated the man’s ankle in order to immobilise it in the correct position, using a vacuum splint.

“The man was immobilised with a neck collar and placed onto a scoop stretcher before he was carried to the awaiting helicopter and then airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, a major trauma centre.

“The car driver, a man, was understandably shaken but uninjured and did not require hospital treatment.”


West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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