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16 November 2015

Katie Hopkins says black cabs - second emergency service

Former Apprentice star Katie Hopkins has hailed London's black cabs as 'the second emergency service' after cabbie Joe Payne called an ambulance when she 'smashed her face' on the pavement this morning.

The media star, better known for her sharp tongue and acerbic comments,  tweeted her thanks to Joe and the London Ambulance Service, calling the black cab drivers, 'the second emergency service' and saying 'I thank you. Gas & air + a side order of smashed face.'


The good Samaritan cab driver stayed with Katie until the ambulance arrived, winning the praise of Epilepsy Society for his quick thinking and kindness.

Katie Hopkins has always been very open in talking about her epilepsy but has yet to confirm whether the incident was seizure related or not. 

Epilepsy information manager for Epilepsy Society, Stella Pearson, said: 'Katie  said on Twitter that she was given gas and air but has not commented further.


'However it is always heartening to hear of the kindness and quick thinking of a member of the public in responding  in this way. Too often we hear negative stories about the way people are treated during a seizure or other medical emergency but this illustrates just how supportive people can be.'

Stella Pearson continued: 'We are always trying to raise awareness about how  people should respond when someone has a seizure. It can be quite distressing to see someone having a tonic clonic seizure  and although in most cases these types of seizure are not a medical emergency, the ambulance service is often called.

'We have  a lot of information about how to assist someone who is having a seizure and also how to assist someone who is having a less obvious seizure where their consciousness may be affected and they may be wandering around in a confused state.

'We hope that Katie has made a full recovery and wish her well.'

Find out more

Read our 10 first aid steps for what to do when someone is having a convulsive seizure.
Read our article from Epilepsy Review about when you should call an ambulance.