Working on our non-emergency Patient Transport Service (PTS) the pair had begun their shift on Tuesday 7 July and were parked up at Royal Oldham Hospital donning personal protective equipment (PPE) in preparation to pick up a patient who was being discharged.
Suddenly, a taxi came to a screeching halt close to their vehicle.
Whitefield-based crew, Colin and Stephen approached the vehicle to ensure the passengers were okay and although there were no injuries, they noticed a woman in the back seat of the car. They quickly realised she was in labour and the baby’s head was already showing.
Colin quickly sprang into action and supported the baby until he made his appearance into the world. He checked to ensure the baby was breathing okay and that the cord was safely away from his neck.
Stephen prepared a chair and blankets for the mother and baby and transferred them with care and plenty of support and reassurance. Within a few minutes they were all met by nurses from the hospital and they worked together to transport the mother and baby up to the maternity ward.
Mum Oluwaseun and baby Michael are both doing well and the family are extremely grateful to both Colin and Stephen for their efforts and care.
Speaking with the crew after the unexpected delivery, they have both expressed their pride and how lucky they feel to have helped bring a new life into this world, as this is very unusual for PTS staff.
PTS Head of Service Ian Stringer, said: “Huge well done to Colin and Stephen, they have truly shown the caring qualities we value so highly and have gone above and beyond to help in such an unusual situation.
“For our PTS staff this is something that doesn’t happen very often – in fact, in over 20 years of service myself, I am not aware of any PTS staff encountering such circumstances.
“They should both be extremely proud.”
This experience will definitely be one that both Colin and Stephen will never forget. Well done!
We will be issuing them both a baby pin badge and certificate, which are awarded to staff when they play a part in a baby delivery whilst in our care. This will be a first for a PTS crew.