Chichester pavements criticised after woman’s fall

The piece of pavement Rosalind Callen tripped over in Needlemakers
The piece of pavement Rosalind Callen tripped over in Needlemakers

A HUSBAND says something needs to be done about city pavements after his wife was taken to hospital.

Douglas Callen, of Kingsham Road, said his 74-year-old wife Rosalind tripped over a paving stone in Needlemakers, Chichester, that was jutting out of the pavement.

She had to have a hip replacement when she 
was rushed to hospital after her fall.

Mr Callen said his daughter was in the process of writing to the local authority about the state of the city’s pavements and the hazards it posed to older residents.

He said he wanted to praise the care his wife received at St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester.

“The care that she had in accident and emergency was excellent,” he said.

“I hear so many people moan about hospitals and everything else but she had the best care and attention – no problems at all.”

Mrs Callen is now recovering at home.

The accident happened at 8.45am on March 6 and Mr Callen thanked the people who stopped and helped her, putting a coat under her head and laying a blanket on her.