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Dramatic rescue as woman slips and suffers suspected fractured ankle on the Lickey Hills

Tristan Harris 20th Feb, 2017 Updated: 20th Feb, 2017

A WOMAN had to be rescued by specialist paramedics and country park staff after sustaining a nasty leg injury whilst walking in the Lickey Hills.

The 39-year-old was on the Woodpecker Trail at midday today (Monday) when she slipped and suffered a suspected fractured ankle.

A West Midlands Ambulance crew were sent to the scene but could not get their vehicle anywhere near the woman so the warden took them in the Land Rover to 200m away from where she was – in a densely wooded area on the hills.

After assessing her a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) was called and, after splinting the woman’s ankle and giving her pain relief, they took her to hospital.

They used a Fairtech stretcher – which has two large wheels and can be used where others cannot – to get the patient across the rough ground to the Land Rover.

She was then taken to the waiting ambulance and on to Reddtch’s Alexandra Hospital.

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