Incident 64/2009

Whilst the team was providing standby rescue cover at the Darwen Gala Fell Race today, we were called upon to assist one of the competitors who had suffered severe injuries to both of his heels, after completing the race and collapsing in severe pain at the race finish.

Four team members were immediately on hand to offer assistance to the 16 year old male casualty, whose main concern (notwithstanding the severe pain he was in) was whether or not he would be fit for his next fell race in October!

The casualty’s heels were dressed by team members and pain relief was given in the form of Entonox and Fentanyl. Following the arrival of an NWAS RRV Paramedic from Blackburn, Morphine was also administered intravenously.

With his pain now at manageable level, and upon the arrival of an NWAS Emergency Ambulance from Accrington, the casualty was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital for further treatment.

This incident again illustrated the close working relationship between Bolton MRT and our NWAS colleagues.