Off-duty nurse praised after serious car accident

An off-duty nurse from Scunthorpe hospital has been praised for helping a woman trapped in her car after an accident.

Caroline Fox was involved in a two vehicle crash on the B1207, just outside Appleby last month. A&E sister Sally Barley was one of the first to arrive on the scene and stayed with Caroline until emergency services arrived.

A&E sister Sally Barley pictured at Scunthorpe hospital.

Sally was able to carry out initial assessments and communicate with the paramedics over the phone.

Unable to get into the passenger side of Caroline’s car, she then assisted the paramedics who broke the window. They were able to open the door from the inside, which enabled Sally to comfort Caroline who was trapped in her vehicle. Sally stayed with her until the fire crews arrived and started cutting the car apart.

Caroline was trapped for 90 minutes but despite having come off a night shift, Sally stayed at the site offering comfort to both Caroline and her husband Ron before she was taken to hospital.

The 52-year-old, who has suffered five fractured ribs, cracked vertebrae and three dislocated toes following the accident, said: “I cannot praise Sally enough. She was absolutely brilliant and really calming. The care at the hospital was fantastic.”

Speaking about the incident, Sally said: “You have to work with what you’ve got. At work, you have everything there you need. I was in the right place at the right time. I am just glad I could help and I am thankful she is okay.”

Ron, who wasn’t involved in the accident, said: “It is difficult to express how much those few kind words and gestures meant at a time when we were both in shock. Such actions and concern deserve some sort of recognition.

“We want to express our gratitude and thanks to her for her unwavering support during a most difficult time.”

After her following shift, Sally took time to visit Caroline on the ward and check how she was doing.

Caroline, who works as a practice nurse at West Town Surgery in Barton-Upon-Humber, is now recovering at home.

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