Jack Hammer and his partner Sue are sueing NHS 111 for what they claim was "wholly inadequate advice" following a fall they had while collecting water near their idyllic rural cottage.
"We went up the hill to fetch a pail of water," Jack explained, "when I had a funny turn and fell back down, fracturing the crown of my head in the process. Fortunately Jill had her mobile with her and she rang NHS 111 for advice. The woman there suggested bed rest and patching me up with vinegar and brown paper. When it was no better the next morning I called my GP who said this was crummy advice and there was no evidence base whatever for dilute acetic acid solutions in cranial trauma."
"We are losing our faith in the NHS," Jill commented, "what with this and the time last month when a nurse told Jack he would be more nimble if he jumped over a candlestick. We had to get him new boxers after that."
A spokesperson for NHS 111 said that she could not comment on the particular case for reasons of patient confidentiality, but we all fall down.