Dedicated St John Ambulance volunteers
have been working through the night, treating
patients for conditions such as fractures and
dehydration, and transporting terminally
ill patients in 4x4 vehicles. They are working to support
ambulance services throughout the country as heavy blizzards
prevent conventional ambulances from reaching patients.
Caring for patients
Darryl Bagley, a volunteer in Derbyshire who was on duty last
night (Tuesday 5 January), said: ‘We were busy all night with
calls. The worst was an 89-year-old lady who had fallen twice in
her home, the second time breaking ribs when she landed. She lived
in a remote village on the border of Derbyshire and South Yorkshire
and a normal ambulance couldn’t have got there in a million years.
It was treacherous. Fortunately our 4x4 got
through and we were able to give her a full medical assessment and
get her in a comfortable condition at the scene before transporting
her to hospital.
We’re pleased to support the ambulance service at times like this to make sure everyone gets the care and treatment they need.
‘We’re pleased to support the ambulance service at times like
this to make sure everyone gets the care and treatment they
Support all around the country
The first aid charity has its own fleet of ambulances including
4x4 vehicles which provide regular backup to the NHS during busy
periods. When heavy snow was forecast they received urgent
calls for help from trusts in areas such as the West
Midlands, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Staffordshire,
Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Volunteers have been transporting
patients around the country between homes, surgeries and hospitals,
deploying 4x4 vehicles in the worst hit areas of the country where
access may be limited.
St John Ambulance volunteers will remain active
throughout the next few days to further support the ambulance
service if required.