Delay over injury

First published in Letters

WATCHING a local football side today and a player who was warming up fell awkwardly and hurt his back. He was helped off and taken to the changing rooms where he was still waiting for an ambulance over four and a half hours later. He gradually got worse, in terrible pain and we considered taking him by car, he couldn’t even put his foot to the floor so this could have made his injury worse. A small ambulance finally arrived only to be told he needed a bigger one. This lad could have permanent spinal damage as far as we know, and when he finally gets to the Gwent will he get seen? I wonder?

K Willavise, Bettws, Newport

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11:18pm Thu 21 Aug 14

landyman3030 says...

When you have possibly 2 ambulances covering Gwent because the remainder are stuck in the garage, sat outside A & E waiting to see if the hospital can find a bed for your patient before you finish your 12 hour shift or you have a crew from north Gwent trying to find Bettws when they aren't local to the area, there may be a delay in the arrival of an ambulance. The sad fact is The Welsh Ambulance Trust is not working and has not for a long time. Too much political interference and buzz words when what is needed is money spent on more ambulances, equipment and wages. The moral amongst the ambulance personnel in South Wales is at record lows with people who are good at the job becoming more and more disillusioned.
To be a paramedic from now on means you will have to self fund your degree qualification. People will not have the finances to fund a degree to the tune of thousands when they have limited wages to look forward to.
It is a short jump to see there will soon be a shortage of paramedics qualifying which will open the door to agencies providing staff at extortionate rates and from there private ambulances covering areas.
Unless you are desperate or unable, get yourself to hospital. It'll be quicker.
When you have possibly 2 ambulances covering Gwent because the remainder are stuck in the garage, sat outside A & E waiting to see if the hospital can find a bed for your patient before you finish your 12 hour shift or you have a crew from north Gwent trying to find Bettws when they aren't local to the area, there may be a delay in the arrival of an ambulance. The sad fact is The Welsh Ambulance Trust is not working and has not for a long time. Too much political interference and buzz words when what is needed is money spent on more ambulances, equipment and wages. The moral amongst the ambulance personnel in South Wales is at record lows with people who are good at the job becoming more and more disillusioned. To be a paramedic from now on means you will have to self fund your degree qualification. People will not have the finances to fund a degree to the tune of thousands when they have limited wages to look forward to. It is a short jump to see there will soon be a shortage of paramedics qualifying which will open the door to agencies providing staff at extortionate rates and from there private ambulances covering areas. Unless you are desperate or unable, get yourself to hospital. It'll be quicker. landyman3030
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9:47am Fri 22 Aug 14

exMark says...

If it was a suspected Spinal injury, then why on earth did they think it was a good idea to move him to the changing rooms?

I was participating in a Rugby game last season when a collapsed scrum resulted in a nasty neck injury to our prop. The game was immediately suspended by the referee and nobody attempted to move him. 15 minutes later the Ambulance arrived. Job done.

Probably the Ambulance didn't see it as priority in this case as he was obviously okay to be moved to the changing room, in future instead of moving him to changing room, move him to a car and drive him to A & E.
If it was a suspected Spinal injury, then why on earth did they think it was a good idea to move him to the changing rooms? I was participating in a Rugby game last season when a collapsed scrum resulted in a nasty neck injury to our prop. The game was immediately suspended by the referee and nobody attempted to move him. 15 minutes later the Ambulance arrived. Job done. Probably the Ambulance didn't see it as priority in this case as he was obviously okay to be moved to the changing room, in future instead of moving him to changing room, move him to a car and drive him to A & E. exMark
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7:33pm Fri 22 Aug 14

keithbob says...

exMark wrote:
If it was a suspected Spinal injury, then why on earth did they think it was a good idea to move him to the changing rooms?

I was participating in a Rugby game last season when a collapsed scrum resulted in a nasty neck injury to our prop. The game was immediately suspended by the referee and nobody attempted to move him. 15 minutes later the Ambulance arrived. Job done.

Probably the Ambulance didn't see it as priority in this case as he was obviously okay to be moved to the changing room, in future instead of moving him to changing room, move him to a car and drive him to A & E.
as i said in my letter,he was only warming up.he came down awkward,and was helped off the pitch and taken to the changing rooms where the coach decided to ring for an ambulance.whether he should have been moved or not is irrelevant. over 4 hour wait for an ambulance is unacceptable. luckily there was no serious injury,but something has to be done for our ailing health service.
[quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: If it was a suspected Spinal injury, then why on earth did they think it was a good idea to move him to the changing rooms? I was participating in a Rugby game last season when a collapsed scrum resulted in a nasty neck injury to our prop. The game was immediately suspended by the referee and nobody attempted to move him. 15 minutes later the Ambulance arrived. Job done. Probably the Ambulance didn't see it as priority in this case as he was obviously okay to be moved to the changing room, in future instead of moving him to changing room, move him to a car and drive him to A & E.[/p][/quote]as i said in my letter,he was only warming up.he came down awkward,and was helped off the pitch and taken to the changing rooms where the coach decided to ring for an ambulance.whether he should have been moved or not is irrelevant. over 4 hour wait for an ambulance is unacceptable. luckily there was no serious injury,but something has to be done for our ailing health service. keithbob
  • Score: 2

8:29pm Sun 24 Aug 14

throwy1 says...

A player fell awkwardly in a warm up and injured his back and was helped off the pitch.
If he fell awkwardly and injured his back the warm up and match should have been suspended. Any back injury should be attended by professional. I am involved with in a sport, some may recognise it from my name, in any kind of match we cannot start without full medical back-up which in most events means St John's Ambulance.
A player fell awkwardly in a warm up and injured his back and was helped off the pitch. If he fell awkwardly and injured his back the warm up and match should have been suspended. Any back injury should be attended by professional. I am involved with in a sport, some may recognise it from my name, in any kind of match we cannot start without full medical back-up which in most events means St John's Ambulance. throwy1
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