Wiltshire

Patient holds Remembrance Day silence in ambulance

An elderly churchgoer, who collapsed before a Remembrance Day service, observed a two-minute silence in the back of an ambulance.

The woman, in her 80s, lost consciousness in St Andrew's Church in Chippenham at about 10:45 GMT on Sunday.

A marching band had to move aside to let the ambulance through.

When she regained consciousness, she told paramedics she still wanted to observe the silence at 11:00 GMT.

Steve Faulkner, emergency care assistant on the ambulance, said the woman wanted to pay her respects despite collapsing minutes before.

He said: "We had carried out an initial assessment before 11am, and she said she still wanted to observe the two-minute silence, which she was able to do inside the vehicle."

She was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon for checks.

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