As if what is happening to our beloved hospital is not bad enough, it would seem crazy cutbacks mean there are not so many ambulances anymore either. On Tuesday lunchtime a 91-year-old lady took a nasty tumble in Hyde Gardens and ripped all the skin off her knee. One passer-by called an ambulance, the ladies from the nearby Wound Healing Centre saw to her badly cut and bleeding knee and myself and a passing man wrapped her in a blanket to keep her warm and prop her up on the pavement while we waited for an ambulance. As we waited, a passing policeman chased it up,and after half an hour the ambulance car arrived from Peacehaven and the paramedic called for an ambulance to take the poor lady to A&E. After waiting another 45 minutes with no sign of an ambulance, the lovely paramedic said there was nothing else for it and we helped her into his car so he could take her to the DGH himself. I hope she made a good recovery but what a terrible state of affairs for the lady and our beleaguered ambulance service.
I see a record-breaking group of friends are looking to reclaim their Mini cramming record soon. The team held the record for the number of girls they could squeeze into a Mini – it was 23 – until Richard Branson managed to cram 25 in last October last year. Now the challenge for the Eastbourne ladies is on. As is the hunt for applicants who have no fear of being squashed, are between 5” and 5”2, over the age of 18 and can fit into a dress size between 0-6. I am never likely to have this problem but it must be absolutely awful when a size 12 just simply hangs off you. So alas, I cannot do it. Not withstanding the fact there will be white blackbirds before I ever fit into a size 6, I am just too tall for this big challenge.
Look out if you park illegally in school no waiting zones or on double yellow lines, the parking wardens are on the case and coming to a school near you very soon.