"Accident at Kings Nympton"

About: Derriford Hospital / Accident and emergency South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

(as the patient),

18/4/13 – 1. 30pm

I suffered a “potentially life-threatening” head injury after my car collided with a lorry at Kings Nympton last weekn. Police closed the road in Kings Nympton while emergency services dealt with the crash. I suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth by air ambulance. Fire crews from Chulmleigh and South Molton attended the crash scene and used hydraulic cutting equipment to release me from the car.

I understand that Martin Davis, Commander Control, said that both crews worked closely with air ambulance and land ambulance personnel to achieve a time effective casualty rescue and that, as they were leaving, the air ambulance crews said to the fire crews “great job” which he said was fantastic to hear. It’s quite rewarding to hear that. ”

The severe impact crash resulted in a lot of debris on the road, including broken pallets from the delivery lorry.

Emergency services said both vehicles were heavily damaged.

The road was closed while the debris was cleared and the vehicles recovered. It was reopened by 6. 15pm.

I would very much like to thank, The Lady who was wiping the blood from my brow and staying with me reassuring me that everything was alright, and keeping me concious,. She was with me as soon as I regained conciousness and was determined not to leave me alone. I was terrified, and the lady who was on the phone to a couple of the emergency services giving them regular updates. Without these women I would have been alone, more terrified that I will never see my wife and children/Grandchildren again because I was trapped in a crushed car, bleeding from the head, not knowing if I would live or die.

I also want to thank for the quick, friendly and professional services: -

GROUND AMBULANCE CREW

AIR AMBULANCE CREW ( KATE & NIGEL & PILOT )

FIRE CREWS FROM CHULMLIEGH & SOUTH MOLTON

POLICE OFFICERS

HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS

DERRIFORD HOSPTAIL ( NURSES, DOCTORS, STUDENTS & XRAY OPERATORS )

I am lucky to be alive and won`t forget all these people helped me stay that way.

Thank You.

Do you have a similar story to tell? Tell your story & make a difference ››

Responses

Response from Sara Coburn, Patient Engagement Manager, Governance, South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust

Hello Rich Yeo

Thank you for sharing your incredible story - I can understand that it must have been a very scary time. I hope you are recovering well!

It is always a delight to see that our staff are continuing to provide excellent care to people when they need it most. I will ensure that that your story is shared with our staff who, I'm sure, will really appreciate your comments.

Thank you, again.

Sara

  • {{helpful}} of {{total()}} people think this response is helpful

Response from Mary Anderson, Senior Quality Facilitator, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Good morning and thank you so much for taking the time to contact Patient Opinon to express your thanks to all the teams involved in caring for you following your recent accident. It is great for all the teams involved to know how much their skills and expertise meant to you at such a traumatic time.

With every good wish for your continued recovery.

Best wishes

Mary

  • {{helpful}} of {{total()}} people think this response is helpful

Update posted by Rich Yeo (the patient)

Thank you Sara & Mary,, I am on the road to recovery. Your response means a lot. Rich.

Updates, changes and questions related to this story