A slightly more unusual midweek job for the Edale Team this week as they were called to assist East Midlands Ambulance Service, who were attending an injured lady in Linacre Woods.
This in itself is not necessarily unusual, however, it appears the lady, from Chesterfield and in her mid 20’s, had been out allegedly hunting Pokémon when the accident occurred. Her slip and tumble resulted in suspected injuries to her ankle, back, neck and elbow as well as suffering hypothermia by the time she was located.
When the Edale Team arrived members of the Ambulance Service had managed to gain access on the steep ground to give pain relief. However, they required the team’s specialist immobilisation and evacuation equipment, as well as manpower, to get the woman out of the tricky spot.
Due to the nature of the suspected injuries, Team Members handled the extraction and carefully transferred the casualty in a controlled lift to a full body splint (VacMat), pelvic binder and stretcher before carrying her back up to the ambulance parked at the Visitors Centre. To ensure sufficient numbers, the Team was assisted by members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.
The casualty was then transported via road ambulance to the Major Trauma Centre at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, for assessment and treatment.
As an aside from the incident, the Team would like to remind and encourage people enjoying the outdoors to be mindful of the terrain and weather conditions they might encounter, especially at this time of year. Proper footwear, waterproofs clothing and equipment can make the outdoor experience much more enjoyable, not to mention safer.