Magpas lands in centre of March to assist elderly lady who collapsed outside tea rooms

Emergency crews help the woman outside the Royal Exchange Tea Parlour. Emergency crews help the woman outside the Royal Exchange Tea Parlour.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
4:28 PM

Magpas landed its air ambulance in the middle of March town centre today after a woman had collapsed outside a tea room.

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The pavement was cordoned off outside Lloyds Bank while emergency crews helped the woman.The pavement was cordoned off outside Lloyds Bank while emergency crews helped the woman.

The helicopter and crew touched down in front of the library to deal with the elderly lady who had collapsed on the market place.

Magpas Helimedix team arrived near the scene at about 11.45am and landed on the mound between the library and the Acre.

Pilot Richard Eastwood said it was one of the more unusual locations where they have taken the helicopter.

He said: “It is rare to be able to get right into the centre of a town and to have such an easy landing.

The medical helicopter landed on the mound outside March Library. Picture: ROB MORRISThe medical helicopter landed on the mound outside March Library. Picture: ROB MORRIS

“There are trees, wires and masts, but that’s what we are trained for - to land safely - which is what we achieved in this spot.”

The lady in her 80s suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed in front of the Royal Exchange Tea Parlour at about 11.30am.

A member of public gave her CPR then a member of the ambulance crew resuscitated her.

Magpas anaesthetised her, providing critical A and E care.

The Magpas air ambulance takes off. Picture: ROB MORRISThe Magpas air ambulance takes off. Picture: ROB MORRIS

Paramedics and two ambulances were sent to deal with the incident while members of the public held blankets around the scene to allow for privacy.

The woman was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital by the air ambulance.

On arrival she was in a serious but stable condition.

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