The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has released a statement apologising after a young boy waited more than an hour before receiving treatment from paramedics.
The island's five emergency ambulances and one first responder crew were already dealing with "life threatening incidents" which meant that the service needed to call paramedics from the main land.
– Chris Smith, Chief Ambulance Officer
“We’re extremely sorry that this child had to wait for an ambulance but regrettably all six of our vehicles were deployed on life threatening incidents elsewhere and whilst accepting the delay occurred the child’s condition was closely monitored by our Clinical support desk team who had ascertained the child’s injury were none life threatening and lower leg trauma related and were able to monitor the incident on CCTV from our emergency call centre on the Island.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Police has confirmed that their officers collected paramedics and then drove the victim of an accident to hospital, because of a shortage of available ambulances.
A 5-year-old boy was involved in an accident earlier this morning on Ryde High Street. Officers collected an ambulance from a nearby station, before driving to Ryde School to collect waiting air ambulance paramedics.
Officers then assisted in loading the boy onto a stretcher before driving the paramedics, the child and family members to a hospital in Newport.
It's understood that the child ran out into the road causing the accident.
– Hayley Court, Hampshire Police Spokesperson
Hampshire Constabulary can confirm that officers attending a collision in Ryde this morning assisted the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service in transporting a Heli Med crew to the scene and conveying the injured party to hospital.
The collision happened at 11:40 am in Ryde High Street and involved a Nissan Micra and a 5-year-old boy who was walking with family. The child sustained a broken leg and was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport for treatment.
The male driver of the Nissan was uninjured and no arrests have been made. **
A 5-year-old is receiving treatment in hospital on the Isle of Wight after being struck by a car.
It's understood that the boy ran out into the road and was hit by a green Nissan Micra just before midday.
The boy is receiving treatment for a suspected broken leg at St Mary's Hospital.