Where ‘normal’ ambulances fear to tread


Sunday 20th March 2016 – 5.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

This steep, wet muddy track was no match for one of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 4×4 response vehicles.

Where normal ambulances fear to tread

Picture: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It meant the paramedic area support officer driving it was able to get to a woman who had fallen from her horse in a country park in Hartshill in Warwickshire.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called shortly before 12.10pm to a report of a woman who had fallen from a horse who itself fell, entangling the rider in barbed wire fencing.

“The 4×4 managed to reach the rider along the bridle path in the wooded area. A ‘normal’ ambulance that was also sent had to park in a car park 25 minutes’ walk away. The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance also attended and was able to land in a nearby field.

“The woman, who had pelvic and hip injuries, was given pain relief at the scene and was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher. She was then carried to the air ambulance which flew her to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”


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