Player had to wait for an hour on pitch for ambulance
A TEENAGER was left lying on a wet soccer pitch for over an hour for an ambulance to arrive on Saturday after he dislocated his knee during play.
The incident took place during a Wicklow League youths match between Arklow Town FC and Ashford Rovers and the Arklow host club has expressed concern at the time it took for assistance to arrive.
Club president John Kavanagh said that this is not the first time such a delay has been experienced and that officials were hugely concerned at having the youngster, who they were advised not to move, lying in agony on a wet playing field for over an hour.
Meanwhile, the HSE says that it prioritises calls on the basis of seriousness of condition and that the nearest available unit was dispatched to the scene.
AN ARKLOW football club has lashed out at an ambulance delay of over an hour after a player was injured on the pitch and required hospitalisation.
The incident occurred on Saturday during a Wicklow League youths game between Arklow Town FC and Ashford Rovers AFC at the Arklow grounds at Bridgewater Centre Park, Lamberton.
An Ashford player went down with a suspected dislocated knee and an ambulance was called.
In the meantime, volunteer first responders attended the scene and kept the patient comfortable. The 17 year old’s parents were sent for an they arrived long before the ambulance.
After more than an hour wait, two ambulances arrived, and one of them transported the player to hospital where he underwent surgery.
President of Arklow Town FC John Kavanagh has raised concerns over the delay and said that this is at least the third time where the club has encountered a significant delay in getting an ambulance to the scene of an on-pitch accident.
‘We are very concerned and disheartened to experience this delay when there are two ambulances based in Arklow. Over an hour is an extremely long time to have a young man lying on a wet pitch with an injury. We were advised by phone not to move him and we were very worried about him going into shock,’ Mr Kavanagh said.
He added that without the first responders volunteers, the club would have had no assistance at the scene during the waiting period as Care Doc was also unavailable.
‘Over an hour delay is unac- ceptable and we hope that in future, this will not be repeated. We need to have confidence that it a player gets injured, which happens in sport from time to time, that they will have access to an ambulance as quickly as possible.’
According to the HSE, the closest available ambulance was dispatched to the scene. A spokesperson said:
‘The National Ambulance Service can confirm a 112 call was received for Arklow Town FC, Co Wicklow at 14:07hrs on November 24 2018.
‘The call was triaged using the internationally recognised Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System (AMPDS). This system prioritises calls using internationally agreed procedures and protocols thus ensuring that life threatening and potentially life threatening calls receive a rapid and appropriate response. The caller advised that a teenager had dislocated their knee while playing football, which is not a life threating condition. The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) emergency dispatcher then dispatched the closest available emergency ambulance to the scene.’
BELOW: The ambulance at the scene.
Club president John Kavanagh.