Dramatic helicopter rescue after rider thrown from horse in isolated Oxfordshire field

Jan 15, 2021 | News

Jan 15, 2021

TV footage shows the helicopter rescue of a woman who was thrown from her horse in an isolated Oxfordshire field. 62-year-old Philippa was treated by staff from South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) who called in the Thames Valley air ambulance to get her to hospital as the field she was in was so hard to get to. The footage, which was filmed last February, features in Inside The Ambulance: Coast and Country (W, Monday, January 18th at 8.00pm).

Ambulance crew members treat Philippa

Paramedic Dom Tolputt and Emergency Care Assistant Ellis Mead were called to help Philippa, whose horse reared up when it was frightened by workmen.

62-year-old Philippa being treated on a scoop

Philippa, who’s been riding horses for more than fifty years, fell on her lower back and was in a lot of pain with a suspected pelvic fracture.

The team decided to call the air ambulance because the boggy flooding meant that they couldn’t get their ambulance near enough to Philippa, who had been lying injured and immobile on muddy ground for an hour and was at risk of hypothermia.

Paramedic Dom Tolputt and Emergency Care Assistant Ellis Mead

Paramedic Dom Tolputt (L) and Emergency Care Assistant Ellis Mead (R)

The helicopter flew from RAF Benson in South Oxfordshire with senior critical care paramedic Lisa and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine Consultant Simon.

Air ambulance medics join the ambulance crew to treat Philippa

Philippa was flown to hospital where a trauma team were waiting for her. She received multiple x-rays and a CT scan to assess her injuries.

Inside The Ambulance: Coast and Country is on UKTV premium digital channel W on Monday, January 18th at 8.00pm.

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NB: Filming for this latest new series of Inside the Ambulance took place between January and March 2020