Doctor praised for selfless community spirit
A doctor has been praised for his rapid response after rushing to the aid of an elderly lady who had fallen and hurt her hip late at night.
Dr Zubair Qureshi, sole partner at The Heath Surgery in Bracebridge Heath, was at home on the evening of October 17 when the incident happened.
A member of the public who lives on the same estate as Dr Qureshi had come across the injured lady and upon hearing that an ambulance could take several hours, he headed to Dr Qureshi’s home.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I was walking back home from the shops at about 7pm in Bracebridge Heath when I came across an elderly lady laying on the ground and two gentlemen – one of whom was her husband – sitting beside her.
“I offered my assistance as I am first aid trained and it transpired that she had tripped on the kerb and had possibly broken her hip. We called 999 for an ambulance and the call taker told me that we could have a three to four hour wait.
“That was when I went around to Dr Qureshi’s home as he lives on our estate and knocked on his kitchen window and asked for his help and assistance.
“Without hesitation he came to the lady’s assistance. He then contacted the ambulance service and updated them on her possible injuries and the ambulance arrived soon after that call.
“I would like to congratulate Dr Qureshi for his community spirit and offer the thanks of the other bystanders who were also assisting for his professionalism and support that he provided.
“It was a joint effort displaying real community spirit and I am proud of the role everyone played.”
Dr Qureshi said he felt his actions were not out of the ordinary and that helping was what he is trained to do.
He said: “When asked for help, all I thought about was going out to help the patient.
“As a doctor, helping patients in need is what we do and although I wasn’t in surgery, doing nothing was not an option.
“I don’t feel like I did anything out of the ordinary but I am really happy to have helped.
“I’m also pleased to hear that the condition of the lady involved is improving.”
Sarah-Jane Mills, chief operating officer of NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, said she was proud of the actions of Dr Qureshi.
She said: “We would like to thank the member of the public who brought this to our attention.
“This is just one example of the compassion and commitment that we see on a daily basis from Dr Qureshi and all our doctors that often goes unrecognised and unreported.”