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FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO ASSIST AMBULANCE CREW IN TIME CRITICAL INCIDENT

UPDATED: Firefighters are assisting the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service with a time critical incident in Ryde tonight (Tuesday).

1 fire appliance has been mobilised to The London on Swanmore Road, where paramedics are attending to a seriously unwell patient.

2 ambulances are currently on scene.

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The call for assistance was received by the fire service sometime around 21:50.

Swanmore Road is currently blocked between Hill Street and Milligan Road. Traffic should divert locally.

UPDATE 23:20 – As the night progresses emergency resources remain on scene at The London – a sheltered housing complex.

An ambulance service officer has now arrived and is thought to be accompanied by a doctor from St Mary’s Hospital.p, indicating the severity of the patient’s condition.

UPDATE @ 23:32 – The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been called to Ryde to assist with the incident.

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The helicopter is currently circling the town with a spotlight shining in order to find an appropriate landing site.

UPDATE @ 00:26 – After more than 2 hours the patient has been transferred into an awaiting ambulance.

However, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has not airlifted the casualty to a mainland hospital as expected. The yellow and green helicopter landed in Simeon Street Rec shortly before midnight but has since departed and is returning to its base in Andover.

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