Dame Mary Berry forced to wait over three hours for ambulance after breaking hip

The former The Great British Bake Off judge broke her hip after a nasty fall while out picking sweet peas in her garden. She had to wait three and a half hours for an ambulance to arrive to take her to hospital.

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Dame Mary Berry has revealed she waited over three hours for an ambulance to rescue her after she fell in her garden and broke her hip.

The 86-year-old national treasure suffered a fall at her family home while she was in her garden picking sweet peas.

The former Bake Off star tripped on some bricks and landed hard on the ground – breaking her hip in the process.

Dame Mary suffered from polio as a child and also had knee surgery in the past and initially thought she had simply injured her knee – before paramedics later told her she had broken her hip.

Dame Mary Berry had to wait over three hours for an ambulance when she broke her hip


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Mary was a Bake Off judge from 2010 to 2016


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Opening up to the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine, Dame Mary sounds surprisingly relaxed about her ordeal.

Reliving the moment she fell, the TV star explained it took her a minute to assess her damage and to call out for help.

She said: “I sat quite still. I’d encourage everyone to have a phone with them always, when they’re out dog-walking, crossing a field… with a phone you can always get help.”

Mary with husband Paul, son Tom and daughter Annabel



She initially shouted out to her husband, Paul – however he was watching the cricket.

She realised her daughter, Annabel, was at a tennis tournament, so she called her son-in-law Dan for assistance instead.

Dan arrived within 10 minutes and Dame Mary explains: “He saw me and said, ‘I’ll get an ambulance’.

“I said, ‘Oh, no, I’m fine’, but he overruled me.”

When Dan called the emergency services, he was told they were busy.

Mary was told the ambulance service was ‘very busy’ and she ended up waiting three and a half hours


Dame Mary said: “He rang for the ambulance and they said, ‘We’re very, very busy’. It was Sunday afternoon and there were lots of football injuries and whatever.

“We waited for three-and-a-half hours, until 6pm, and quite right too! I was perfectly happy.

“There may have been a road accident. I quite understood that they were busy and Dan was caring for me. He kept me chatting.”

Once paramedics finally arrived, Dan told Mary’s husband how injured she was.

She recalls: “It was a shock for him, seeing me go off. They took me to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and they were so good at explaining. One foot was turning out and they said I’d broken my hip.”

Dame Mary required an operation on her hip and she then spent 10 days in the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, while she recovered.

The star has been left with a ‘slight limp’ following her surgery and requires a cane while walking.

While Mary is surprisingly upbeat about her ordeal, she sounds just as excitable about her time in hospital in her Weekend interview.

Dame Mary was surprisingly upbeat about her ordeal


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The star praised the hospital chefs for the food she was served while recovering from her surgery – saying there was a good choice of menu options available.

And she also said nurses approached her to show her photographs of their efforts to make lemon drizzle cakes.

While she also said she is recovering well and has responded well to “lots of physio” following her accident and corrective surgery.

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