Update: Star Wars actor Harrison Ford taken to John Radcliffe hospital after breaking ankle while filming new movie

Oxford Mail: Star Wars actor Harrison Ford taken to John Radcliffe hospital after injury while filming new movie Star Wars actor Harrison Ford taken to John Radcliffe hospital after injury while filming new movie

HOLLYWOOD star Harrison Ford has reportedly been taken to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital after being hit by a hydraulic door while filming the new Star Wars movie.

The 71-year-old was filming Star Wars: Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire when he was hit by the falling door.

He was then taken to the Headington hospital by air ambulance with a suspected fracture to his ankle.

Lucasfilm has confirmed the actor had broken his ankle.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "We were called just after 5pm to reports of a 71-year-old man being injured in an incident believed to involve a garage door.

"The man was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

"The Health and Safety Executive is investigating."

A spokesman for franchise owner Disney, said: "Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care.

"Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates."

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 4.24pm to Pinewood to reports of a 71-year-old male who had sustained an injury to his ankle from a door that had fallen."

The latest Star Wars instalment began production last month, with original cast members of the Star Wars Trilogy Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher joining Ford, who plays Han Solo.

 

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11:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Christine Hovis says...

Does the air ambulence routinely carry people with suspected fractured ankles? Could he not be driven to a hospital in Slough or Hillingdon?
Does the air ambulence routinely carry people with suspected fractured ankles? Could he not be driven to a hospital in Slough or Hillingdon? Christine Hovis
  • Score: 8

8:51am Fri 13 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Christine Hovis wrote:
Does the air ambulence routinely carry people with suspected fractured ankles? Could he not be driven to a hospital in Slough or Hillingdon?
Have you seen the state of London Road? I'd hate to be bouncing around the in the back of an ambulance as it made it's way down that road. It's bad enough on a bus and their wheels are at least 4-6 times bigger than an ambulance.

The Air Ambulance is currently the best option for patient transport to avoid Oxford congestion issues too. Indeed a new helipad has recently been built at a Bristol hospital which will enable far swifter transfer of patients to Oxford.

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[quote][p][bold]Christine Hovis[/bold] wrote: Does the air ambulence routinely carry people with suspected fractured ankles? Could he not be driven to a hospital in Slough or Hillingdon?[/p][/quote]Have you seen the state of London Road? I'd hate to be bouncing around the in the back of an ambulance as it made it's way down that road. It's bad enough on a bus and their wheels are at least 4-6 times bigger than an ambulance. The Air Ambulance is currently the best option for patient transport to avoid Oxford congestion issues too. Indeed a new helipad has recently been built at a Bristol hospital which will enable far swifter transfer of patients to Oxford. http://www.oxfordmai l.co.uk/yoursay/lett ers/11253833.Transfe r_times_will_be_more _than_halved/ Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

10:01am Fri 13 Jun 14

clw239 says...

I always thought that the air ambulance was used for life threatening emergencies. I get that a suspected fractured ankle really hurts, but an air ambulance!
Would anyone else who lives in Oxfordshire get that sort of treatment?
I hope Mr Ford will be supplying a LARGE donation towards the £2.75m a year needed for funding this service.
http://www.tvacaa.or
g/donations.php in case anyone wants to add to the fund. :)
I always thought that the air ambulance was used for life threatening emergencies. I get that a suspected fractured ankle really hurts, but an air ambulance! Would anyone else who lives in Oxfordshire get that sort of treatment? I hope Mr Ford will be supplying a LARGE donation towards the £2.75m a year needed for funding this service. http://www.tvacaa.or g/donations.php in case anyone wants to add to the fund. :) clw239
  • Score: 11

11:14am Fri 13 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

Who'd have thought it.

Indiana Jones defeated by a garage door.
Who'd have thought it. Indiana Jones defeated by a garage door. Neonlights
  • Score: 17

1:50pm Fri 13 Jun 14

darkskies says...

was the force not with him?
was the force not with him? darkskies
  • Score: 4

2:00pm Fri 13 Jun 14

darkskies says...

A figure dressed in black with breathing difficulties was seen running away from the scene of the "crime"!
A figure dressed in black with breathing difficulties was seen running away from the scene of the "crime"! darkskies
  • Score: 3

3:36pm Fri 13 Jun 14

livid99 says...

clw239 wrote:
I always thought that the air ambulance was used for life threatening emergencies. I get that a suspected fractured ankle really hurts, but an air ambulance!
Would anyone else who lives in Oxfordshire get that sort of treatment?
I hope Mr Ford will be supplying a LARGE donation towards the £2.75m a year needed for funding this service.
http://www.tvacaa.or

g/donations.php in case anyone wants to add to the fund. :)
Well, after all the baddies Indiana has fought, and the things he has saved us from, I would have thought a trip in the air ambulance is fully deserved !
[quote][p][bold]clw239[/bold] wrote: I always thought that the air ambulance was used for life threatening emergencies. I get that a suspected fractured ankle really hurts, but an air ambulance! Would anyone else who lives in Oxfordshire get that sort of treatment? I hope Mr Ford will be supplying a LARGE donation towards the £2.75m a year needed for funding this service. http://www.tvacaa.or g/donations.php in case anyone wants to add to the fund. :)[/p][/quote]Well, after all the baddies Indiana has fought, and the things he has saved us from, I would have thought a trip in the air ambulance is fully deserved ! livid99
  • Score: 0

4:03pm Fri 13 Jun 14

oafie says...

Off to the JR in suitable 'camoflague'.....
Off to the JR in suitable 'camoflague'..... oafie
  • Score: 0

4:09pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Anonnn says...

Your average joe would not have had the air ambulance dispatched for an ankle injury. This potentially meant that somebody in the Ox/Bucks area with severe or life threatening injuries or a life threatening medical emergency who could of really benefited from the air ambulance did not get it.
If it had not been made clear that it was only an ankle injury during the 999 call however I guess the potential of a severe injury from a falling door was there and enough reason to send the chopper.
Your average joe would not have had the air ambulance dispatched for an ankle injury. This potentially meant that somebody in the Ox/Bucks area with severe or life threatening injuries or a life threatening medical emergency who could of really benefited from the air ambulance did not get it. If it had not been made clear that it was only an ankle injury during the 999 call however I guess the potential of a severe injury from a falling door was there and enough reason to send the chopper. Anonnn
  • Score: 0

7:39pm Fri 13 Jun 14

aliej says...

The air ambulance is not just used for life threatening injury or illness.
It is used amonst other reasons, if the person is in a location where an ambulance would struggle to reach or if the nature of the injury could be made worse by travelling on bumpy or congested roads. he was probably brought to oxford due to the specialist hospitals we have such as the nuffield if they were required. and as he is American he will have to pay for his treatment anyway....and lets be honest I'm sure he can afford it!
The air ambulance is not just used for life threatening injury or illness. It is used amonst other reasons, if the person is in a location where an ambulance would struggle to reach or if the nature of the injury could be made worse by travelling on bumpy or congested roads. he was probably brought to oxford due to the specialist hospitals we have such as the nuffield if they were required. and as he is American he will have to pay for his treatment anyway....and lets be honest I'm sure he can afford it! aliej
  • Score: 2

5:07pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Geoff Roberts says...

He's really grumpy, he's got money and he's famous. He gets what he wants. So really he should cheer up a bit.
He's really grumpy, he's got money and he's famous. He gets what he wants. So really he should cheer up a bit. Geoff Roberts
  • Score: 0

7:06pm Wed 18 Jun 14

John Lamb says...

The helicopter did the run in less than 12 parsecs.
The helicopter did the run in less than 12 parsecs. John Lamb
  • Score: 1

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