Praising good Samaritans

May I use your letters page to thank all of the good Samaritans who stopped to help me on Thursday afternoon while I waited for an ambulance. I am a wheelchair user but occasionally use crutches and slipped on the pavement outside Salon 2 beside the Market Place, falling heavily on my bad leg.

The torrential rain started a few minutes later and five or six people stood over me with umberellas to save me from the worst of the weather until the ambulance came. Their selfless action must have resulted in them getting wet through but I did appreciate their efforts and help, and also for the care shown by the Salon 2 hairstylists.

The drama did not finish there as the ambulance could not get out of Alnwick due to flooding, so they returned me to Alnwick Infirmary where I continued to receive excellent treatment. I had broken my femur in two places so when the rain let up I was transferred to Wansbeck by an ambulance that managed to reach me from Berwick; thank goodness this service had not been withdrawn. I am now in Wansbeck where I am continuing to receive a high standard of care from all the departments involved in my treatment.

On occasion I wonder if the news stories you read are heralding the fall of community care, then I witness this and my faith is restored. I hope this letter will express my appreciation to all those kind of people who offered their help and let everyone know I hope to be soon on the mend.

Norma Dunn