Quick-thinking carer Kirsty in gas leak drama

PUBLISHED: 12:57 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

Carer Kirsty Godfrey with her lucky client Phyllis Maidment

Carer Kirsty Godfrey with her lucky client Phyllis Maidment

A HOME carer is to be commended by the ambulance service for her quick thinking and actions when she discovered a gas leak in a pensioner s home. Earlier this month Kirsty Godfrey, 24, of Ridge Avenue in Letchworth GC, was making her daily visit to 93-yea

A HOME carer is to be commended by the ambulance service for her quick thinking and actions when she discovered a gas leak in a pensioner's home.

Earlier this month Kirsty Godfrey, 24, of Ridge Avenue in Letchworth GC, was making her daily visit to 93-year-old Phyllis Maidment, who lives on Arlesey Road in Ickleford, when she realised there was a problem.

She said: "I came in as normal and did everything as normal for Phyllis. As I sat down next to her to put cream on her legs I smelled gas. I smelled the fireplace for about five minutes and felt light-headed."

Kirsty, who works for Goldsborough Home Care in Hitchin, quickly evacuated Mrs Maidment to the garden and called both the gas board and the emergency services.

Ambulance emergency medical technicians Ken Bradley and Mel Smith attended the scene and Kirsty said the smell of gas was really strong by then.

Ken, who isolated the gas supply, said: "We were greeted by Kirsty and the lady in the front garden, where they were getting some fresh air. Kirsty gave a concise handover to us and she remained calm throughout."

Mrs Maidment was taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage, where she was kept in overnight.

She said: "I never did smell gas but I had been feeling unwell for a couple of weeks. I'm very grateful to Kirsty."

Kirsty, who visits Mrs Maidment in the evenings to help her get ready for bed, said she hadn't spent enough time in the house to feel the effects of the gas herself.

She added: "I didn't want to overreact and cause a fuss about nothing but we are told in the training that if we smell gas to get the client out of the house immediately.

"I have only been doing this job since April. It just shows we make a difference and that's why I chose to do this job."

Both Ken and Mel were so impressed by Kirsty's actions that they have asked for her to be recognised by the ambulance service and she will be presented with a certificate of commendation at the ambulance station in Letchworth GC tomorrow (Friday).

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