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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.
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.
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.
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The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has apologies after a 5-year-old boy was forced to wait for more than an hour before receiving treatment.