No ambulance for injured child

An NHS Trust has apologised after 5-year-old boy involved in a collision with a car, had to wait more than hour before being seen by paramedics. Police officers collected an ambulance and a Heli Med crew to treat the injured child.

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NHS Trust apologises for delay

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.

“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.

– Chris Smith, Chief Ambulance Officer

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