Pocklington paramedic saved by colleague

Grateful...Paramedic Tommy Herrington with his colleague Kath McGibbon
Grateful...Paramedic Tommy Herrington with his colleague Kath McGibbon

Pocklington paramedic Tommy Herrington has treated many heart attack patients over the past 28 years.

But the 61-year-old recently discovered what it feels like to be on the receiving end of potentially life-saving treatment from a paramedic for a heart attack.

Last month Tommy, of Church Lane, set off early to work at Pocklington Ambulance Station, in Burnby Lane, after feeling unwell during the night. He asked ambulance technicians at the station to assess his heart using an electrocardiograph (ECG) after becoming concerned that something was wrong.

The technicians realised there was a problem and contacted paramedic Kath McGibbon who rushed to the station and carried out another assessment of Tommy’s heart. She suspected it was a heart attack and contacted the main cardiac unit at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, receiving treatment from Kath along the way.

Full story in this Thursday’s paper (1 August).