Elderly man rescued after suffering a stroke 25ft up scaffolding in Warwickshire

Thursday 9th April 2015 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

A man who suffered a stroke whilst working on scaffolding has been rescued thanks to team work between the ambulance service and fire service this afternoon in Henley-in-Arden.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a man who had collapsed on scaffolding 25 feet above ground in High Street in Henley in Arden shortly after 3.00pm (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found an 82-year-old man who had reportedly collapsed whilst working on scaffolding around 25 feet high.

“The man was assessed by paramedics who found he was conscious and breathing but was in need of emergency treatment due to a suspected stroke. Due to the difficult and precarious location, the Trust’s HART paramedics and the fire service worked as a team to reach the patient on a hydraulic platform. Once at the same height as the patient, the man was carefully immobilised and lifted onto the platform before he was lowered down to the ground.

“The man was given treatment on scene before being taken on alert to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.”


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