Injured footballer had to wait more than hour for an ambulance after breaking his leg in Hartlepool

The Northern Echo: Grayfields Sports Pavillion where Paul Dobbing broke his leg at the weekend Grayfields Sports Pavillion where Paul Dobbing broke his leg at the weekend

A FOOTBALLER had to wait for more than hour for an ambulance to arrive after breaking his leg in freezing conditions on Sunday morning.

Paul Dobbing (CORR) broke his tibia just ten minutes after the game kicked off at 10.30am but it was almost noon before he was picked up by an ambulance from the Grayfields Sports Pavillion in Hartlepool.

The 26-year-old was getting treatment from a paramedic after 15 minutes but the Seaton Carew FC midfielder had to wait another hour before he could be taken to hospital by ambulance.

While the Hartlepool Sunday League Premier Division player was awaiting transport to hospital all he had to keep him warm was supporters’ coats and jackets.

The North East Ambulance Service confirmed the delay but explained that the first ambulance that had been diverted away when an emergency life-threatening call was received.

Speaking from his bed in Stockton’s University Hospital of North Tees, the plumber said: “I have never felt pain like it before. When I eventually got to hospital my right foot was so blue they thought the damage could be even more serious but it was just because it was so cold.

“I’m just pleased it wasn’t more serious as the delay in the ambulance arriving could have made it worse. I know it wasn’t a life threatening injury but to wait for more than an hour is not acceptable.”

The game against Rovers Quoit was abandoned while the injured player waited to be taken to hospital.

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service confirmed there had been a delay but that was caused by a life threatening emergency call being received by the crew.

She said: “We received the call at 10.40am and the rapid response unit was on site by 10.46am and the paramedic, who was treating the injured man, called for an ambulance. A crew was assigned the job of going to the site but was called away on a life threatening call.

“The next available ambulance crew received the call at 11.30am and arrived on site 11.48am. Although the man’s broken leg is serious and he was laid on the cold ground, it was not a life threatening injury and they do have to take priority.

“The paramedic was treating him all the time while they awaited the arrival of the ambulance.”

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6:39pm Wed 8 Jan 14

loan_star says...

Football injuries always take a lower priority when attending A&E, never mind waiting for an ambulance. Had that experience once or twice!
Football injuries always take a lower priority when attending A&E, never mind waiting for an ambulance. Had that experience once or twice! loan_star
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7:13pm Wed 8 Jan 14

theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes says...

Of course the situation is not helped by malingerers and mud people calling an Ambulance for everything from a stubbed toe to a headache.
Of course the situation is not helped by malingerers and mud people calling an Ambulance for everything from a stubbed toe to a headache. theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes
  • Score: 2

8:05pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

There isn't an ambulance waiting on every street corner you know!!!
There isn't an ambulance waiting on every street corner you know!!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 3

10:12pm Wed 8 Jan 14

StanLaurels_CamelToe says...

Ambulances are for life threatening emergencies, not broken legs. That's what mates and cars are for. I've no idea how many times I've seen legs and arms flop into a car after a football match. The headline should be "Pratt demanded ambulance for injured leg - heart attack victim expected to wait"
Ambulances are for life threatening emergencies, not broken legs. That's what mates and cars are for. I've no idea how many times I've seen legs and arms flop into a car after a football match. The headline should be "Pratt demanded ambulance for injured leg - heart attack victim expected to wait" StanLaurels_CamelToe
  • Score: 7

12:21am Thu 9 Jan 14

Colcat says...

StanLaurels_CamelToe wrote:
Ambulances are for life threatening emergencies, not broken legs. That's what mates and cars are for. I've no idea how many times I've seen legs and arms flop into a car after a football match. The headline should be "Pratt demanded ambulance for injured leg - heart attack victim expected to wait"
The article clearly states that Mr Dobbing was being tended to by a qualified paramedic, who must be suitably experienced to be din command of a rapid response unit, and this qualified and experienced paramedic who was there at the time decided that an ambulance was needed. Can you, StanLaurels_CamelToe
, say that you are qualified to at least paramedic level, ahave experience in emergency treatment of broken legs, and was at the scene to make the assessment at the time, or are you just a keyboard warrior spouting rubbish?
[quote][p][bold]StanLaurels_CamelToe[/bold] wrote: Ambulances are for life threatening emergencies, not broken legs. That's what mates and cars are for. I've no idea how many times I've seen legs and arms flop into a car after a football match. The headline should be "Pratt demanded ambulance for injured leg - heart attack victim expected to wait"[/p][/quote]The article clearly states that Mr Dobbing was being tended to by a qualified paramedic, who must be suitably experienced to be din command of a rapid response unit, and this qualified and experienced paramedic who was there at the time decided that an ambulance was needed. Can you, StanLaurels_CamelToe , say that you are qualified to at least paramedic level, ahave experience in emergency treatment of broken legs, and was at the scene to make the assessment at the time, or are you just a keyboard warrior spouting rubbish? Colcat
  • Score: 0

6:14am Thu 9 Jan 14

darloboss says...

so why dont football clubs hire in private ambulance cover ? as lots of sports clubs do now
so why dont football clubs hire in private ambulance cover ? as lots of sports clubs do now darloboss
  • Score: 4

9:37am Thu 9 Jan 14

thehogman says...

Not anything to do with government cutbacks is it !!!!!!??????
Not anything to do with government cutbacks is it !!!!!!?????? thehogman
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10:41am Thu 9 Jan 14

Pools42 says...

The cutbacks and pressures on the Ambulance Service are to blame. The ambulance crews do a wonderful job but clearly there isn't enough of them
Last October, my father had a severe stroke. We called an ambulance and they sent a paramedic within 10 minutes. The paramedic examined my dad and he requested an ambulance to respond urgently. The paramedic kept calling every 20 minutes for urgent back up but it was over 2 hours before an ambulance finally arrived !!
The hospital is only 5 miles away but the paramedic advised us not to move him until the ambulance arrived. On cases like strokes, heart attacks etc, every minute counts and waiting times like these are not acceptable
Unfortunately I expect these waiting times will soon become the norm.,
The cutbacks and pressures on the Ambulance Service are to blame. The ambulance crews do a wonderful job but clearly there isn't enough of them Last October, my father had a severe stroke. We called an ambulance and they sent a paramedic within 10 minutes. The paramedic examined my dad and he requested an ambulance to respond urgently. The paramedic kept calling every 20 minutes for urgent back up but it was over 2 hours before an ambulance finally arrived !! The hospital is only 5 miles away but the paramedic advised us not to move him until the ambulance arrived. On cases like strokes, heart attacks etc, every minute counts and waiting times like these are not acceptable Unfortunately I expect these waiting times will soon become the norm., Pools42
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1:50pm Thu 9 Jan 14

StanLaurels_CamelToe says...

Colcat wrote:
StanLaurels_CamelToe wrote:
Ambulances are for life threatening emergencies, not broken legs. That's what mates and cars are for. I've no idea how many times I've seen legs and arms flop into a car after a football match. The headline should be "Pratt demanded ambulance for injured leg - heart attack victim expected to wait"
The article clearly states that Mr Dobbing was being tended to by a qualified paramedic, who must be suitably experienced to be din command of a rapid response unit, and this qualified and experienced paramedic who was there at the time decided that an ambulance was needed. Can you, StanLaurels_CamelToe

, say that you are qualified to at least paramedic level, ahave experience in emergency treatment of broken legs, and was at the scene to make the assessment at the time, or are you just a keyboard warrior spouting rubbish?
"Can you say that you are qualified to at least paramedic level" - Yes I can.

"Have experience in the emergency treatment of broken legs" - Well, I'm experienced in treating broken legs, I've never seen an "emergency broken leg" before - pelvis maybe.

"Was at the scene to make an assessment at the time" - Unfortunately not - nearly got a full house though!

"Keyboard warrior spouting rubbish?" - Nope, I am right I'm afraid. Perhaps this link will help you. I sincerely apologise it's a guide from "darn sarf", I hope the content still meets your meticulous expectations. http://www.londonamb
ulance.nhs.uk/callin
g_999/when_to_call_9
99.aspx
[quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StanLaurels_CamelToe[/bold] wrote: Ambulances are for life threatening emergencies, not broken legs. That's what mates and cars are for. I've no idea how many times I've seen legs and arms flop into a car after a football match. The headline should be "Pratt demanded ambulance for injured leg - heart attack victim expected to wait"[/p][/quote]The article clearly states that Mr Dobbing was being tended to by a qualified paramedic, who must be suitably experienced to be din command of a rapid response unit, and this qualified and experienced paramedic who was there at the time decided that an ambulance was needed. Can you, StanLaurels_CamelToe , say that you are qualified to at least paramedic level, ahave experience in emergency treatment of broken legs, and was at the scene to make the assessment at the time, or are you just a keyboard warrior spouting rubbish?[/p][/quote]"Can you say that you are qualified to at least paramedic level" - Yes I can. "Have experience in the emergency treatment of broken legs" - Well, I'm experienced in treating broken legs, I've never seen an "emergency broken leg" before - pelvis maybe. "Was at the scene to make an assessment at the time" - Unfortunately not - nearly got a full house though! "Keyboard warrior spouting rubbish?" - Nope, I am right I'm afraid. Perhaps this link will help you. I sincerely apologise it's a guide from "darn sarf", I hope the content still meets your meticulous expectations. http://www.londonamb ulance.nhs.uk/callin g_999/when_to_call_9 99.aspx StanLaurels_CamelToe
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5:39pm Thu 9 Jan 14

greenfinger says...

Jackaranda wrote:
There isn't an ambulance waiting on every street corner you know!!!
people don't expect them on every street corner you cretin.

i really hope you or preferably one or your elder relations falls down, snaps their tibia and has an hour wait.

that would please me no end.
[quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: There isn't an ambulance waiting on every street corner you know!!![/p][/quote]people don't expect them on every street corner you cretin. i really hope you or preferably one or your elder relations falls down, snaps their tibia and has an hour wait. that would please me no end. greenfinger
  • Score: -3

12:50am Fri 10 Jan 14

Colcat says...

Well all I can say, StanLaurels_CamelToe
, is that I hope I'm never in need of an ambulance and you arrive, and that I'm sure you fit in perfectly with the "modern" management within the ambulance service.
Well all I can say, StanLaurels_CamelToe , is that I hope I'm never in need of an ambulance and you arrive, and that I'm sure you fit in perfectly with the "modern" management within the ambulance service. Colcat
  • Score: -1

1:09am Sat 11 Jan 14

Saint Crow says...

Unfortunate? Yes
Newsworthy item? No
The exact thing happened in a match i played in a couple of years ago, and i'm sure it's many times since before this.
In an ideal world there'd be an ambulance to every incident rapidly, but unfortunately this is the world we live in, and there was a paramedic there in 6 minuets!
Unfortunate? Yes Newsworthy item? No The exact thing happened in a match i played in a couple of years ago, and i'm sure it's many times since before this. In an ideal world there'd be an ambulance to every incident rapidly, but unfortunately this is the world we live in, and there was a paramedic there in 6 minuets! Saint Crow
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