"999 call for farm accident"
About: South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Exeter EX2 7HY
Posted by scilly (as ),
I was involved in a serious accident with a tractor on a farm, with serious crush injuries to my arm.
I was working alone and called 999 immediately as I was trapped and couldn't free myself. The pain was intense and I was panicking about being released.
I gave the operator accurate directions to where I was located, but it took around 20 minutes for co-responders to arrive. They told me they didn't know where to go exactly, nor who they were looking for.
As the responders were both local it was not the local knowledge that was lacking, but directions from Ambulance control. I ended up calling the co-responders directly on their mobile to direct them to me.
The care there on was very good, but the initial delay in response I felt was very serious. Had I been bleeding heavily or a life and death situation, which it easily could have been, the delay in reaching me would have probably meant I wouldn't have survived.