Specialist stretcher used to rescue woman


Monday 20th February 2017 – 5.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman who was out enjoying the countryside has ended up in hospital after suffering a nasty leg injury and having to be rescued by specialist paramedics and Lickey Hills Country Park staff.

The 39 year old was on the Woodpecker Trail, about a mile from the visitor centre just after midday, when she slipped and suffered a suspected fractured ankle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance crew was initially dispatched but they couldn’t get their vehicle anywhere near the patient.

“The Warden took them in a LandRover to about 200m of the woman’s position which was in a densely wooded area.

“After assessing her condition it was clear that they would need assistance so requested the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) be sent.

“While HART were en-route, the ambulance crew provided pain relief and splinted the woman’s ankle.

“On arrival, HART used their Fairtech stretcher to get the patient across rough ground to the LandRover.  The stretcher has two large wheels that enables it to be used where normal stretchers cant.

“She was then driven down to the waiting ambulance before being taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.”



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