'It was an insight I never wanted to have into my job': The moment doctor was saved by his colleagues as he was run over while treating victims of three car pile up
06:53 GMT, 3 September 2012
A doctor who was rushed to the scene of a three car pile up was rescued by members of his own team after a car ploughed into him at the side of the road.
Consultant anaesthetist David Sutton was dealing with casualties following the smash on the A3057 near Timsbury, Hants, when a car careered into him.
The 58-year-old, who works at Southampton General Hospital, was unable to work for four months after suffering a broken leg in three places, a head injury and cuts and bruises.
Emergency: Medics who work alongside Dr Sutton had to battle to save their colleague after he was injured while working
He said: 'It was an insight I never wanted to have into my job. Suddenly I was the most seriously injured person at a three-car pile-up.
Life saver: Doctor David Sutton is used to treating the injured but was saved by his own team of medics after being run over as he tended to victims of a car crash
'I have saved the lives of countless
critically ill patients at some horrific accidents across this part of
Britain but this was something else.
often fly by helicopter or go in the ambulance to save lives should a
patient be suffering from a brain injury, chest wounds or broken bones.
'But it was me who was the one who
needed treatment from my colleagues. A car hit me and I was seriously
injured. My life was in their hands.
I specialise in lower limbs I know all the complications. What
immediately flashed into my mind was I thought I was going to lose my
'But I had full confidence in my team and I knew I was in the best hands and that Southampton was the best place for me to go.'
Sutton's hospital workmates thought he was taking part in a training
exercise when he was flown in by helicopter to his own hospital.
Only when he was rushed into surgery to repair his broken leg did they realise the full extent of his injures.
He added: 'It was strange for me to
be on the other side of things, to be loaded onto my new helicopter
flown onto my own helipad and into my own hospital.
it was also strange for my colleagues who are used to me handing over
patients and doing the assessments in the emergency department, yet here
they were carrying out the assessments on me.
the helicopter lands it is exciting and staff still look out the
windows to see it, so when they saw me stretchered out they all assumed
it was a training exercise.'
Injuries: Dr Sutton, works at Southampton General Hospital, suffered a broken leg in three places, a head injury and cuts and bruises
Brave David, who is a volunteer for the Basics trauma treatment charity, aims to use his experience as a patient to ease injured victim's worries when he is treating them.
He said: 'It has given me an extra depth of understanding of what a patient is going through at the scene of an incident.
'I can also take away the fact that every patient gets the very best treatment. Some may think that because I am a doctor, I might get better care.
'But I know first-hand that this is not true. I got exactly what any other patients would get, so it is good to know the service we provide is top quality.'