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Quick-thinking student nurse helps after Pitsea car crash

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    Fri 6 Oct 17

Head and shoulders of Chelsea Hobbs (student nurse at the University of Essex) in her uniform.

Student nurse, Chelsea Hobbs, proved herself invaluable at a serious road traffic collision in Pitsea, Essex, on 22 September 2017.

When the accident happened ahead of Chelsea on Pound Lane, her nursing training kicked into action. Chelsea, who is currently studying for her BSc Nursing, quickly realised that those involved in the accident may require medical attention and immediately offered her services. She helped reassure the main casualty that he was in good hands, which allowed the Fire Service to concentrate on making the vehicles and roadways safe.

The Fire Service were advised that due to limited numbers and the low level of severity, the first NHS vehicle would be several hours before it could attend.  During this time, Chelsea maintained care and control of the casualty until the ambulance crew arrived.

Since the accident, staff from Essex Fire and Rescue have been in touch with the University to thank Chelsea for her assistance and to commend her on her professionalism. Chelsea later said: “I did exactly what the nursing team at the University of Essex have taught and entrenched into us”.

The School of Health and Social Care is incredibly proud of Chelsea’s actions, and have every confidence she will be an asset to the profession going forward.

If you would like to follow in Chelsea’s footsteps and are interested in studying nursing at the University of Essex, find out more at our upcoming open days.  For more information and to book, visit: Open Days