Chris Pounds

It was a bright, sunny day in June 2021 and I had a few paddocks to mow. I had a small field to do on a really steep slope. I drove about two or three miles and got up to the field and stopped on the road. I suddenly realised the tractor had started to roll on its own accord down the field. It was picking up speed. The next thing I knew I was on the ground and I’d gone underneath something.

Dr Rob Greenhalgh, KSS Doctor: “I remember caring for Chris well. He was in a critical condition when we arrived at the scene and needed urgent decompression of his chest injuries, a blood transfusion, emergency pre-hospital anaesthesia and more. Much of the care we gave him are procedures normally done in a hospital setting, but we were doing them in a rural field in the middle of Kent. We were able to bring the hospital to him to deliver urgent, life-saving care directly at the scene. There is no doubt that Chris would not have got to King’s alive without KSS. Chris has made a remarkable recovery and we send him our very best wishes from the whole of Team KSS.”

Rachel Knight, KSS Dispatcher: “This was an incident that will always stay in my mind. I remember listening in to the call about Chris for a long time. At the start he was able to speak quite clearly but as it went on it became increasingly hard to hear what he was saying. He was obviously in great pain and needed help urgently, but he was in a remote rural area a long way from the nearest land ambulance and a long way from hospital. I took the decision to dispatch the helicopter immediately.

I felt really proud to be part of the whole team from the 999 call handler through to the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) crew and to know KSS made a real difference to Chris’ outcome. I’m so pleased to hear that he has made a good recovery.

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There is nothing more heart-warming for our team than when a former patient gets in touch and wants to visit us. If you, or a family member, has been a patient of ours and would like to get in touch, we would love to hear from you. 

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