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Wednesday, 03 June 2015

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Cumbria nurse thanked for helping unconscious man on train

A NURSE cleared of misconduct has been thanked by a train operator for helping deal with an unconscious man on the way to her disciplinary tribunal in London.

thank you The flowers sent by Virgin Trains to nurse Melanie Riley after she helped an ill man

Melanie Riley – a medic for 20 years – said it was an automatic response to help.

The man had lapsed into an unconscious state after leaving Lancaster and Miss Riley, 48, said she quickly realised he needed an ambulance.

The service was delayed for about an hour as they waited for emergency services to meet them at Warrington Bank Quays.

She said: “It was when I was going down to London and it was quite a full train. After a while I heard this fracas and it seemed to come across that someone was being unreasonable. After about five or six minutes I decide to go an assist and quickly concluded the man they were trying to rouse was actually unconscious and that’s why he was lying across two seats.

“They were going to get him a wheelchair at the next station but I advised them to get an ambulance there as his breathing was not right.

“I carried out a few nurse’s tricks and he didn’t even flinch.

“I assisted and advised until we could hand him over to paramedics at Warrington. He had obviously left a hospital as he still had his tags on.

“They were very grateful for my help but I was surprised to turn up home and find a letter, flowers, champagne and bespoke chocolates from Virgin Trains.

“It was lovely of them and a really nice gesture. I was only doing what I was trained to do as I was there and medically trained.”

The letter from Virgin thanked her for her assistance for helping the train manager out when another passenger was ill.

The Barrow, Ulverston and Millom children’s nurse was cleared of advising the parents of a newborn baby about the wrong dose of paracetamol.

Miss Riley was told last week that she can return to work after a charge of misconduct – at a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing at The Old Bailey – was deemed to be “a single, genuine error”.


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