Walker rescued by paramedics using specialist stretcher

Monday 22nd February 2016 – 3.10pm – John Hawker.

Stretcher 2

(Stretcher similar to the one used by paramedics)

A walker who slipped and suffered a serious leg injury has been rescued from a muddy path by paramedics using specialist equipment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to a public footpath off Pedmore Lane, near to St Peters Church, Pedmore at around 10.15am this morning.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and the Trusts Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews found the woman around 100 metres from the road up a narrow path that was very muddy.  In places the mud was around 1ft deep.

“The woman had slipped whilst walking and suffered a suspected fractured ankle.  The first paramedic on scene administered pain relief and asked for the HART team to attend to assist in getting the woman safely to the ambulance.

“The HART team used a specialist Faretech stretcher to transport the patient down the path to the awaiting ambulance.  The stretcher has two large wheels that enables it to be used where normal stretchers cant.

“When safely in the ambulance the woman, believed to be in her 50’s, received further treatment and was then transferred to Russell’s Hall Hospital.”

Ends

We have no further details on this incident.

Written by officialwmas

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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