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The elderly, believe it or not, tend to not call 999 very easily. Tends to be carers that come in, it tends to be family that tend to call you because the 50-plus age group tend to think that it is... They are a nuisance and they are bothering the emergency services. And quite often, they have got some severe and serious injuries. The most common tend to be, again, trips and falls, broken neck or femur, broken mid-shaft femur, broken pelvises, broken wrists from falls, which tend to be quite common. They tend to put lots and lots of mats on the floor, they tend to wear slippers that are a bit too small or a bit too big and not done up properly, trip over the mat and put their hands down and break the wrists or break the hip. They're also quite often on medication, which can affect things they do. As they get older, you start to get all the problems coming in: Medical problems, dementia, strokes, heart attacks, cardiac arrests, all this sort of stuff which, again... So again, it really is a broad spectrum of injuries.

We normally get turned out to them quite late because people do not pick them up, people do not notice them early, people are not with them. So it is not until the carer comes or the family comes around of an evening or home for lunch that these sort of things get actually exposed. And quite often stroke victims may have had a stroke in the morning and you do not find them until mid-day or even the evening. People who have strokes in the night do not tend to get found until a family member can not contact them, come round, knock the door, which could be four, five, six, seven hours later, and then we get the 999 call. So communication is really important with the elderly, keeping an eye on what's going on, regularly monitoring them and taking care of them.