Nurse and doctors come to aid of fell top casualty

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2019

A MAN aged 65 was flown to hospital after suffering a heart attack on reaching the summit of Cat Bells with his wife on Tuesday afternoon.

Several members of the public, including an off-duty nurse and two Dutch doctors walking locally, attended to him before 15 Keswick mountain rescue team volunteers and a Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopter arrived at the scene.

The incident happened at around 12-45pm with the emergency services called minutes later.

Emergency services remained on the scene for two hours and 46 minutes before being stretchered on to the helicopter and taken by paramedics to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

A Keswick MRT spokesman said: “A man started to feel unwell suffering from chest pains. GNAAS monitoring equipment confirmed the casualty suffered a myocardial infarction on arrival at the summit of Cat Bells with his wife.

“We quickly responded and approached from Little Town in Newlands Valley as the quickest route up to the top. By chance an English nurse and two visiting doctors from the Netherlands were also walking on Cat Bells and were able to comfort the patient and look after him as best as they could without any medical equipment.

“On arrival the team gave support to the helpers already there with appropriate treatment. The air ambulance arrived shortly after and, after a failed attempt to land on the summit due to the uneven nature of the top, managed to put down on a flat part of the ridge just south of the summit. The air ambulance team did an assessment and gave further treatment before we stretchered the man to the helicopter for transfer to hospital.”