Ambulance service to apologise after delay in helping stricken footballer
‘disgrace’: Bosses blame the almost hour-long hold-up on high levels of demand
Scottish Ambulance Service chiefs are to apologise to a footballer left screaming for help on the pitch when it took almost an hour for an ambulance to arrive at Montrose FC’s Links Park – with one player calling the delay a “disgrace”.
The Scottish League Two match between Montrose FC and Berwick Rangers was delayed after a challenge by Gable Endies midfielder Terry Masson left Berwick Rangers ace Ousman See lying on the pitch in agony with a broken leg and dislocated ankle, just 30 minutes into Saturday’s game.
Physios from both teams rushed to assist the player, but it took 48 minutes for paramedics to arrive at the scene and administer gas, air and morphine to See before rushing the player Ninewells Hospital.
SAS bosses blamed the ambulance hold-up on high levels of local demand.
Speaking from hospital, See said: “It was a shambles that it took so long.
“I was in pain and needed to get to hospital. I would expect an ambulance to be at the game actually.
“I couldn’t move or anything and it wasn’t a nice experience – the staff who did turn up were really good actually.”
A spokesperson from the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 1530 hours to attend an incident.
“Our crew arrived on scene at 1612 hours, but due to high levels of demand, Mr Ousman waited longer than we would have liked and we will be contacting him directly to apologise.
“We are currently in the process of training and recruiting an additional 1,000 paramedics over five years which will further enhance our cover across Scotland,” the SAS spokesperson added.
Speaking after the match, Montrose midfielder Masson said: “The length of the delay was a bit of a joke. Turning up after all that time is a bit of a disgrace.” to Dundee’s
Ousman See was treated on the pitch after suffering an injury.