Golfer thanks ambulance crew

A grandfather who suffered a heart attack whilst playing golf has thanked the ambulance crew who helped save his life.

Avid golfer and musician Stan Charman was playing golf at Wallsend Golf Club when he started suffering from chest pains out on the course.

After ringing his wife Mary, a former axillary nurse, she advised he head straight to Battle Hill Walk in Centre. Upon arrival, Stan collapsed and the quick thinking staff called 999. Student paramedic Dan Peake, along with experienced paramedic Paula Treadwell arrived to find that Stan had suffered a large heart attack.

Stan had two stents fitted and spent three days in hospital. He is now recovering but could not let the incident go by without showing his appreciation to the people that saved his life.

He said: “I was terrified at the time of the heart attack but Paula and Dan were very professional and reassuring. I feel if it was not for them, I would have died. A few days after I got home I thought, it is not right to let time pass without getting the chance to say thank you to the crew.”

Paula gave Dan the lead on this occasion to treat Stan under her supervision and commented: “Nine out of 10 times we don’t get to know the outcome of a patient which is a bit of a shame, so it is really nice to see Stan again and to see he has made a full recovery. It is lovely to know you have made a difference.”

“We were over the moon when we got the thank you letter,” added Dan. “You do not do this job for a thank you but it is nice when you get one.”

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