Lincolnshire Police based at Louth
10 years’ service
Jared joined the Police force at eighteen and a half but luckily for him he immediately recognised that signing up to donate to the Police Treatment Centres was a good idea.
“ I thought it was a bargain
For his first ten years of service Jared never had a day off of sick. This changed in September this year.
In 2008 Jared became a Police motor cyclist and so considered himself as a good motor cyclist. But this did not save him from terrible injuries in September 2012.
“In September I was on my own bike when I was involved in a minor collision at a roundabout. I wasn’t injured in the collision but my bike burst into flames. I’m told it was a 1000:1 chance this could happen. Unfortunately it happened to me and I sustained first to third degree burns on 30% burns to my body.
Jared was taken to Pinderfields where he was in intensive care and ventilated for three days because of his burns. His left arm was so badly burned he required skin grafts.
Luckily even before Jared was aware of the full degree of his burns his physiotherapist at Pinderfields was on to the physio team here at the PTC to discuss his recuperation. This gave Jared the hope that he needed.
Jared left hospital after two and half weeks in bandages and immediately contacted the Police Treatment Centres. With Christmas fast approaching the earliest vacancy was early in 2013. But luckily for Jared another officer cancelled and he was offered two weeks at the end of November.
“ I really did not know what to expect but I was impressed from the minute I saw the nurse and my assigned physiotherapist. In particular my physio was clear about what treatment I would be having but also about what I needed to do to aid my recovery. My physio even sought advice from specialists about my treatment. Everyone is really friendly and approachable. You don’t feel you are putting people out and they will do what needs to be done to ensure I have the best prospect of recovery
By the time Jared leaves he will have had ten hours of intensive massage and manipulation of his injured left hand as well as taking part in exercise classes including Pilates and flexibar classes to help him regain his fitness.
“ It certainly isn’t a holiday, you are expected to work hard at your recovery but the environment makes it easier. I am really surprised by all the extra touches that have made a difference to my feeling of wellbeing, the great food, the brilliant staff, and the snooker table for the evenings. There is even an extensive range of teas on offer in the lounge! Being amongst other officers means you always have something in common with the other patients. The staff also understand what our job involves and can help us to get back to the fitness we need
Jared will be seeing occupational health soon and is hoping to return to duty in the near future.
“ I think it is ludicrous that Officers do not sign up to donate. You only have to use it once and it has paid for itself. No other insurance scheme is as cheap and you never know when you might need it