A most unusual form of transport to A&E

Friday 18th May 2018 – 11.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A workman who injured his ankles has had a most unusual journey to hospital … in a fire service aerial ladder platform.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital at about 10.45am on Thursday morning to reports of a man who had fallen on a roof.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival it became apparent that the workman, who was in his 30’s, had not fallen per se.  He told ambulance staff that as he stepped off a ladder onto a plank on the roof, his foot slipped off to the side. As he tried to regain balance he put his other foot down on the plank which also slipped off the side leaving him with two twisted ankles.

“Ambulance staff requested assistance and Shropshire Fire Service who sent fire engines and the aerial ladder platform.

“While they arrived, ambulance staff splinted the man’s left ankle and provided pain relief.

“The ALP was then used to access the site from the opposite side of the building. The man was then helped onto the platform and lowered to the waiting Ambulance which took the man literally around the corner to A&E.

“It was certainly an unusual form of transport to hospital but shows the excellent teamwork between emergency services.”


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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