St John Ambulance Cycle Response team first on scene for elite
Two of our operational cyclists have
proven just how effective our Cycle Response teams are by being the
first on the scene at an accident involving an elite cyclist during
the Nottingham Milk Race in May.
Josh Tolson and Ross Dykes, who form part of our Cycle Response
unit, rushed to help Joe Giggins after he collided with a
barrier. As a result of the collision Joe had
been knocked unresponsive towards the start of the race.
With the help of their fully-equipped bikes, the pair were able
to be at the scene in a matter of seconds, ensuring Joe had the
immediate care he needed. They were followed by an off-duty doctor
and East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic Samantha
Speaking of the crash, Josh said: ‘Our cycle response team was
on the scene within seconds. Joe was unconscious when we first got
to him and he was quite dazed afterwards. Due to the nature of his
injuries, we wanted to maintain his airway whilst still protecting
his neck. We ensured he had the immediate treatment he needed’.
On Sunday 8 June, Joe, who is now recovering well, was reunited
with his lifesavers and stated, ‘I know that if it wasn’t for those
cycle responders on the course I may have been a lot worse! I am
very grateful to them and everyone that helped me.’
To find out more about our cycle
response unit and how you can get involved.