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.