Pat Proctor and Pamela Mead were employed as medical nurses by Westland and ran the medical centre for 28 yrs

As the nursing team at the Yeovil factory, Pat Proctor and Pamela Mead had to deal with all kinds of emergencies

Pat remembers that the medical centre was always busy with patients

It (the medical department) was more or less in the centre. There was the ANODIC department, the wood mill and the press shop. It was quite central to the rest of the factory. We had quick access to the airfield with the ambulance. We had two drivers when I first went there. They used to drive this very old ambulance and then when they left and the crash crew took over driving the ambulance for us.

I stood there waiting to catch the ambulance and he went straight past me

They were very good except the one day when one went without me. There were road works so they couldn’t actually drive down to the surgery so I went-up to the end of the road with the resuscitator. I stood there waiting to catch the ambulance and he went straight past me. Then when the other fireman came along, he said, what’s the matter? And, I said he’s gone without me.

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