"Long wait for ambulance after rugby incident with suspected spinal injury"
About: Caithness General Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics Caithness General Hospital Trauma & orthopaedics KW1 5NS Scottish Ambulance Service / Emergency Ambulance Scottish Ambulance Service Emergency Ambulance EH12 9EB
Posted by rugbymad (as ),
After making a bad tackle in training, the worst fear for myself and coaches was that I may have broken my neck. Panic was setting in with reduced sensation to my left had side. Instant first aid was provided by coaches and one parent who happened to be an ambulance technician. However, there was a long 45 minute wait for an ambulance to arrive. I was laying on the wet pitch on a cold winters morning. By the time the ambulance had arrived my situation had turned worse with hypothermia setting in, so priority was to get me off the pitch quickly and safely and into the warmth of the ambulance.
The paramedics were absolutely brilliant and I cannot fault them. They reassured me the whole time and told me that everything would be alright, which in the end it was. The hospital staff had told me that I was very lucky to not have broken my neck, as I had torn many ligaments.