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Don’t fall off your bike in Letchworth

Not if you want might need the assistance of East of England Ambulance Services anyway

I had a rather worrying experience last night that damaged my perception of our emergency services: at least the Ambulance Service in the East of England anyway.

On my way home from Scouts last night, I was dropping my son Nick off when we came across a late middle-aged lady sprawled in the gutter. There was another lady and a young man, plus two large dogs. Oh, and a bike.

What appeared to have happened was that she was riding her bike and walking her dogs at the same time. Never a good idea I would have thought, but that’s not the point.

She had fallen and banged her head, which was bleeding from a small cut. She was dizzy, nauseous and had a suspected broken finger. The other lady had just come across her, as had the young man.

We checked she was OK (she was conscious) and then, after covering her with a blanket, decided to let her recover for a few minutes to see what developed. Then she was sick, so I called 999 and asked for an ambulance as she was showing signs of concussion.

After having to repeat everything twice, I was told that somebody would attend. This was just before 11PM. By 11:15, she was getting very cold and was still woozy, but was fully aware of what was going on. She indicated she felt dizzy but we were able to move her to the pavement. During this, I missed a call back from the Ambulance Service.

I called back on 999 and, after having to repeat all the information again, twice, was told that they were very busy and that, in fact, nobody was coming out to take a look. No advice was given about an alternative course of action and I received the impression that we were on our own from that point on.

After discussing the matter, we helped the lady into the other lady’s car and she drove her home. She agreed to call her doctor the following day if she still felt bad.

Now I know that our emergency services are stretched, and I assume this was a result of their triage process. However, I do question whether whoever decided not to send somebody out actually had enough information to which to base that decision.

Later, as I was nearing home, I was called by Hertfordshire Police to find out what had happened. At least they show some sense of care.

Nokomis Day Twelve

Irthlingborough to Wollaston This was to be our last day on Nokomis so wanted it to be a good one. Luckily, the day proved to be sunny and warm so we made the most of it by cruising slowly up the river. We stopped off at Wellingborough to empty the chemical toilet, dispose of theContinue Reading

Nokomis Day Eleven

Waddenhoe to Irthlingborough The weather was pretty foul when we woke up so we took it slowly, in the hope that it would improve. It didn’t! There was a mixture of drizzle and driving rain during most of the journey. It finally let up as we approached Irthlingborough, but by that time we’d had enough.Continue Reading

Nokomis Day Ten

Oundle to Waddenhoe – four miles and three locks We decided on a short day today as we really wanted to visit Waddenhoe; particularly The Kings Head. Thus, we had a leisurely breakfast and set off about 10. Just as we were setting off, we were passed by a boat being delivered up to Sheffield.Continue Reading

Nokomis Day Nine

Fotheringhay to Oundle As we were pressed for time on our way down river, we missed out a couple of places we wanted to see. The first was Oundle, the second was Waddenhoe. As we had broken the back of our journey back up river, we had time time to visit both. Today was aContinue Reading

Nokomis Day Eight

a challenging and frustrating day Day eight saw us cruising from Peterborough back to Fotheringhay; a distance of 19 miles and 7 locks that took just on seven hours. The day was challenging because of the weather. Although the rain had, largely, gone; it was extremely windy. Most of the time this wasn’t a problem,Continue Reading

Nokomis Days six and seven

Once again, I have consolidated two days into one as they are both related to being in Peterborough. Peterborough isn’t really a vacation destination for us; after all, it’s only 45 minutes up the road. That said, we’ve never spent any time there. Generally, we are either shopping or pub crawling 🙂 Thus, this wasContinue Reading

Nokomis Days Four and Five

Thrapston to Fotheringhay. 15 miles, 3 locks and Fotheringhay to Ferry Meadows. 15 miles, 6 locks [slideshow_deploy id=’567′] Day Four Day four saw us travelling from Thrapston to Fotheringhay; a distance of 15 miles and eight locks. It took us about six hours. We travelled further because we want to sure of being at PeterboroughContinue Reading

Nokomis days two and three

There’s not a lot to say about day two. We stayed moored up at Wellingborough Embankment and took a walk into Wellingborough. The weather was not very nice so we spent most of the time in a truly excellent pub: the Coach and Horses in Oxford Street. 10+ beers, 9 (I think) ciders, knowledgable staffContinue Reading

Day one on Nokomis

Day one on Nokomis

Adventures on the river For some time now, my brother in law’s friend has been suggesting that Varina and I take Nokomis away for a few days. Nokomis, named after Hiawatha’s grandmother, is a 49 foot narrow boat based on the River Nene near Wellingborough. It used to be a house boat but now sitsContinue Reading