Meanwhile, on the extreme other side of my patch, a Hornchurch crew were on the way back to their ambulance station, which is located in a semi-rural area on the very edge of London. They were flagged down by a rather frantic looking FRU, who’d come across a loose horse wandering across a dual carriageway.

Horses aren’t entirely my speciality, and this is the LAS, not the RSPCA, but they couldn’t exactly just leave it, so I typed the incident as a running call and called the police, hoping they’d have the faintest idea what to do, because none of us did. An hour later (and fortunately with no life threatening calls in the crew’s area that couldn’t be covered, because that would have presented me with a dilemma) the horse was rounded up and returned to its rightful field.

When a crew attend a call and don’t take the patient to hospital, they have to record a “non-convey reason” on the computer, from a picklist with options such as “deceased, not removed”, “referred to GP”, “assist only” etc. I was amused to see that the crew opted for “declined aid against advice” in this instance. This conjured up images of the crew chasing the horse around and trying to take its blood pressure whilst the horse galloped away, whinnying “Please don’t take me to Newham General!” It had been a long night.

Published Aug 25, 2008 - 6 Comments and counting

6 Comments on “Loose Horse”
  1. Corrvin Says:

    We had to deal with a bull on the loose last night next to a freeway! Maybe it was something in the air?

    The bull was got safely into a trailer and returned to where he ought to be, after making a few feigning charges at some police and a sheriff’s deputy.

    By the way neither the cops nor the deputy had a clue what to do, but thankfully some neighbor showed up who could deal with cattle. Maybe we should have asked some ambulance crew, they seem to be more creative (or more willing)!

  2. sboy Says:

    One hopes that any patient, equestrian or not, would have the sense to utter the words “Please don’t take me to Newham General!”

    It’s worse than the knacker’s yard!!

  3. Erin Says:

    I had a cow once.
    The caller let me know to tell the crew to be careful about a cow on the road right near the bend when they were driving towards the RTC. When I was informing the police, and they got the address suddenly I had the cow’s name and was informed this cow was a repeat offender.

  4. Trooper Man Says:

    On a duty with my t John Unit recently, two of my members had to assist a vet to treat a horse who had severed an artery. The poor horse was doped up and my team had to help steady him on his feet.

    Fortunately the horse was ok and we are now proud to say we are vetinary assistants.

    Couldn’t ask for better
    TM

  5. Natalie Says:

    Well done!! I live in the country, and the neighbour’s cows are forever escaping. I have learned that cows are exceedingly good at that, and like to dedicate themselves to finding weak spots in fences. Around here, we call the police when a bovine is on the loose, and the errant cow is rounded up before someone slams into it on the road and necessitates an ambulance call.

  6. Rachel Says:

    I caught a horse in the middle of the road in peak-hour once :) Luckily I was a rider back then and able to catch him relatively quickly, once the police got out of the way!!!

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