For those of you who weren’t on the walk today Neil Barthorpe tripped over a kerb and fell very heavily knocking himself unconscious. Luckily we were in High Bradfield and not on the moors.

A couple of us were a bit in front of Neil when we heard a loud thud, turned and saw Neil on the ground completely still and unconscious. Angie phoned 999 and other Ramblers helped to keep him warm with blankets and coats. Luckily someone passing was a nurse which gave us some professional help while we tried to keep him warm and comfortable.

The paramedic arrived and checked Neil over. We then helped the paramedic take him to the pub where it was warm. The ambulance arrived and after more checks he was taken to Northern General, with more checks and monitoring all the way (very impressive care). I went with Neil in the ambulance. He was still very confused but improving.

At Northern General they checked him over within minutes then X-rayed him, he may have fractured a cheek bone as well as the concussion. Margaret, Neil’s wife, got there just after the X-ray so after I had checked if there was any more information I could give I left. Obviously he will be kept in for more observations and possibly a scan.

Neil’s face is a bit of a mess and when I left he was confused but could give information such as his address and post code. He could not remember the fall nor much of the last bit of the walk. His memory was reasonable to Broomhead dam but hazy at best after. However given what he was like when we first saw him on the ground that is a big improvement. He seemed in good spirits but very shaken. He does not seem to have damage other than to his head.