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Off duty nurse comes to the rescue of car crash victims

A nurse has been thanked after helping victims of a car accident when two cars collided outside a salon while she was having her hair cut.

Caroline Griffiths had foil in her hair and a black gown over her when she was first on the scene at the accident.

Two cars and three casualties included 64 year-old Sandra Baker and her husband Clive, who both had to be cut free from the vehicle.

Mrs Baker tracked down outpatients department nurse Caroline to express her thanks for the help she gave.

Mrs Baker said: “She was wonderful and knew exactly what she doing. The thing that mattered most was that she was so kind - like I was a long lost friend. It was a very distressing time but made me feel so much better, I can’t thank her enough.

“I’ve broken my wrist and I’m in plaster, but at least I’ve lived to tell the tale.”

Caroline, from Castle View, who’s worked at Princess of Wales Hospital for five years, said:

“I had my foils in and red running down my face but I didn’t care what I looked like. I just went out and attended, gave them some first aid and kept them calm. I kept them still because I wasn’t sure if there were any injuries and stayed there until the emergency services arrived.

“They were in a bit of shock so I got my big thick coat from the hairdressers to keep them warm.

“I thought Mrs Baker had a possible fracture so I took her rings off because her fingers were swelling up straight away.

“Something always seems to happen to me when I’m out with my friends.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • a very inspring story that all nurses should patronize!

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  • Not wishing to take anything away from Mrs Griffiths, it is something that most nurses would do given that situation. This isn't a rare occurance, it's a very common one.

    In only 3 years i've dealt with asthma at the top of a mountain, avoided someone having to attend A&E due to a serious cut, been with at least 2 collapsed people at a local supermarket, been on the side of a motorway at 3am in a multiple RTA with one fatality.

    Colleagues have stopped at RTAs, given assistance on aeroplanes, and that's just from a group of 30.

    As soon as the fire service are involved in anything a press release is issued detailing their full actions. It normally ends with 'and was taken to hospital in an ambulance'

    Perhaps the NMC should have a self reporting mechanism where nurses who give assistance while off duty could log what they have done. I'm sure it would make for very interesting reading.

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