I was walking around Westminster during my lunch break today just contemplating that the lyrics of Sledgehammer really are quite filthy when in the corner of my eye I just saw a motorbike tip over and someone fly a few feet across the floor.
I went over to see if I could help, I previously worked as an ODP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_Department_Practitioners) and was trained in advanced life support so I thought I could help. The guy on the bike was okay but the pedestrian was a bit twisted up, there was no blood and he was making a lot of noise and had his eyes open. He seemed responsive and alert, allbeit in a lot of pain. This one elderly woman at the scene was making things much worse though, she was rabbiting on and screaming at the motorcyclist about “Look what you’ve done!”…etc. It wasn’t helping, I was going to intervene and tell her to calm down, even if the guy was at fault you don’t want to be screaming and yelling at people - it’s very bad in these situations when everyone’s blood pressure is going all over the place.
There was too much of a crowd forming, an ambulance was called and I didn’t want to add any further tension to the scene. As soon as I heard the sirens I left, I was just crowding the place, even though I’ve still got medical skills it wasn’t needed.
What was annoying was I was nearly hit by two cyclists whilst crossing the road over back over. I do notice that people, especially around that part of london don’t pay attention to the pedestrian crossings