UPDATED: AIR AMBULANCE SCRAMBLED TO ELDERLY WOMAN AFTER STEPS FALL IN VENTNOR

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been scrambled to a serious medical emergency in Ventnor this afternoon (Thursday) as a result of a woman falling down a flight of steps and going into cardiac arrest. 

The incident has occurred outside a property on Gills Cliff Road, where 2 ambulances and an operational commander from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are in attendance.

Specialist trauma doctors have been flown in to assist with medical intervention, with the air ambulance landing at the nearby Ventnor Rugby Club.

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Island Echo is told that the elderly woman has fallen down the external stairs and sustained a serious head injury, then going into cardiac arrest.

A passing GP stopped to provide initial casualty care ahead of the arrival of emergency crews.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance left it’s base in Andover at just before 15:00.

UPDATE – The casualty has been flown directly from Watcombe Bottom to Southampton General Hospital’s Major Trauma Centre for further treatment.

The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service has now stood down from the incident.

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It is now known that Ed Blake, chairman of Ventnor Rugby Club, was successful in obtaining a defibrillator from the rugby club to assist the passing GP in the initial response.

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Kate
Kate
1 month ago

It won’t be long before south central ambulance service will be attending all iow jobs, they are taking over the Isle of Wight ambulance service soon.

Letting you know
Letting you know
Reply to  Kate
1 month ago

Just hope they continue to respond when needed, where ever they come from…

Molly
Molly
Reply to  Kate
1 month ago

Just like the fire brigade

Letting you know
Letting you know
1 month ago

Well done to Ed Blake and the passing GP, hope the lady recoveres, she must be going through hell…

Molly
Molly
1 month ago

Great a GP was passing and great work by the chap getting the defib
Hope she’s going to be ok .
Air Ambulance and the staffing of it is a great piece of kit

Sam
Sam
1 month ago

What a terrible accident, I do hope the woman recovers. My warmest thoughts to her family. Well done to everyone who stopped to help.

Lady Dunstanding
Lady Dunstanding
1 month ago

Now if the people who renovated said club with a socially distanced, perhaps, lick of paint were all fined many thousands of pounds, as the person who reported them desired, then the club may well have been sold. And, hey presto! More hollibobs houses and more council tax for the organisation which employs the individual who made the report in the first place. Nowhere sensible for a chopper to land, however…

Terry
Terry
1 month ago

Lucky the defibrillator was handy, and quick response by Mr Blake and the passing doctor, hope the lady makes it.

Steve McFlint
Steve McFlint
1 month ago

There was also a passing off duty police officer and lifeguard that assisted with the CPR before the GP arrived.

Kimberley
Kimberley
1 month ago

Please no negative comments this was my relative and she’s very poorly

Andy Wright
Andy Wright
Reply to  Kimberley
1 month ago

Kimberley, I hope she pulls through. We passed the accident on the way back from a family day out. I helped to do the traffic management on the day, whilst it was my wife that was the passing GP. We were on our holiday and hope that any interventions have helped her chances of recovery. There were many other brave individuals who stepped up to play an active part and I would like to pass on my thanks and appreciation for their efforts. Take care and all the best at this difficult time.

Kimberley
Kimberley
Reply to  Andy Wright
1 month ago

Thank you

Dave Vokes
Dave Vokes
Reply to  Kimberley
1 month ago

Kimberley, I echo Andy’s comments below, my wife and I were also on Holiday when we stopped and assisted, along with Andy’s wife and a lifeguard. The rapid response from the gent driving a van was able to get the defibrillator in rapid time and collecting the Air Medics saved valuable time. My thoughts are with you and your family at this horrible time.

 

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