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Case of injured cyclist on 24 Hours in A&E highlights the importance of personal accident insurance

Channel 4’s hit programme 24 Hours in A&E featured another case at the start of February which highlights the importance of personal accident cycling insurance.

The show highlights the case of 81-year-old cyclist Bill after he was hit by a car in Tadworth, Surrey.

Bill, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head and leg injuries after hitting the windscreen on May 27 last year.

Redhill-based Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance was called and arrived within 21 minutes, landing in a nearby cricket field.

The pensioner was treated at the roadside by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic before he was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting by road, accompanied by the Air Ambulance medics.

The programme shows him arriving at the Major Trauma Hospital where doctors are particularly concerned about his head injury.

Bill’s wife of 50 years was recovering from a stroke at the time of the accident and was worried about him cycling.

She said: “I do wish he would wear a helmet. His friend Frank swore to me that he would convince him he ought to wear one.

“He loves his bike and he thinks he’s good at it. I do worry about him, but he’s never stopped me doing anything that I wanted to do.”

The programme highlights the tragic fact Bill’s eldest son, Billy, was knocked and killed by a car on the very same road Bill had his accident.

“I was upset that someone as gifted as Billy, who could have been so useful to the world, was snuffed out just like that,” said Bill in the programme.

24 Hours in A&E is filmed around the clock at the hospital, which is a major trauma unit, and focuses on 24-hour periods in the lives of its staff and patients.

Watch a clip from the programme showing the 81-year-cyclist being tested for a skull fracture

24 Hours in A&E is on Channel 4 on Wednesday, February 3rd at 9pm.

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