Old Town photographer Deb Coleman took these pictures on Sunday 5 May of paramedics in attendance at a Thamesdown Transport No. 16 bus on Queen’s Drive.
She wrote: ‘The Paramedics were quickly on the scene and were there for some time. The bus left at around 10.56am. It was unusual that the paramedics and person being attended to remained on board. (Pictured below)"
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police commented: “Wiltshire Police received a call shortly after 11am on Sunday 5 May 2013 from staff at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, regarding a sudden death.
“A 50-year-old man was pronounced dead at the GWH after being brought into the accident and emergency department.
“This is being treated as a sudden death. A report will now be prepared for H M Coroner for Swindon and Wiltshire.”
Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport, said: “I can confirm that a passenger was taken ill on the 9.45am Service 16 from the Great Western Hospital to Fleming Way on Sunday.
“The emergency services were called and, under instruction from paramedics, our driver assisted in attending to the passenger, including giving chest compressions.
“At 10.25am the paramedics asked our driver to take his bus straight back to GWH, with the stricken passenger on board, which he did.
“The driver remained at GWH for a while, having been rather shaken by events, and was sent home early. A doctor at the hospital contacted our control centre to praise his actions. Our driver is back at work today, Tuesday 7 May.
“We are very proud of our driver’s efforts to assist the paramedics and are sorry to learn that the gentleman died. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.”