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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:25 am 
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FOOTBALL officials have spoken of their outrage after a player whose leg was broken in a derby game lay in agonising pain for five hours waiting for an ambulance.

Willington AFC player Gareth Ayers sustained the injury in a red-card challenge during a night match at Crook Town AFC, County Durham, on Friday.

Bystanders immediately called 999 at 8.50pm – but the 25-year-old had to wait until 1.30am on Saturday for a paramedic to arrive.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:55 am 
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AN INTERNAL inquiry has been launched to see what can be done to avoid delays for ambulance patients with non-life threatening injuries.

North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) said it refutes claims it is “unsafe” but wants to see what can be done for patients who need care but whose lives are not in danger.

It comes after Crook Town Football Club, in County Durham, called for a review of emergency health care in the North-East following a number of incidents at matches in recent weeks.


On Friday Willington AFC player Gareth Ayers, 25, had to wait for an ambulance for five hours after breaking his leg during a game, while Darlington RA player Michael Coleman, 28, was left on the pitch for two hours with a broken ankle.

Crook Town secretary David Thompson has now written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt calling for the review.

He said: “As far as we are concerned this needs to be aired and people need to take an interest. I do think it’s about us being up in the North-East. We’re out of sight and out of mind and we’re getting a second class service.”

In the letter to Mr Hunt he added: “I pay my taxes and I resent receiving or witnessing such a dreadful key public service in return. I do not believe the A&E or the ambulance service are fit for purpose.”

A spokeswoman from NEAS said: "It is widely acknowledged that the whole system is under pressure at the moment. Some hospitals are full, which results in ambulances experiencing delays in handing patients.

"On top of this, an increasing demand of potentially life threatening calls places a strain on our resources, which can mean that those patients whose lives are not immediately at risk may experience delays, such as the incidents highlighted here.

"Whilst we appreciate the concerns raised, we absolutely refute the claim that our service is unsafe. Where there are delays, our clinicians keep in touch with patients and will upgrade a call if a patient’s condition deteriorates.

"We are committed to giving the best possible care to patients in our region and in these cases the level of service fell below that which we set out to deliver. We have launched an internal inquiry to see what more we can do to avoid long delays for patients who are not in a life threatening condition but require our care."

County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust was asked for a comment but was not able to provide one at the time of going to print.


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