Football player with serious back injury had to wait for 5 hours for an ambulance while laying on floor under a blanket in torrential rain
A football player who got injured during a match had to wait for 5 hours before an ambulance came around to convey him. Before the arrival of the ambulance, he laid on the ground covered only by a make-shift shelter made of blankets, jackets and an umbrella.
Ben Symonds is from Bridgend, south Wales. While he was in serious pains, the message which came was the paramedics were not available and the football player would have to wait to close to 8 hours.
This raises alarm on the challenges the NHS is facing as there times patients have had to wait to 40 hours to be taken to hospital. And this can solely be attributed to the bed-blocking issue where close to 999 patients have to wait for beds.
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Symonds suffered the back injuring on Saturday when playing in a match for Cefn Ribwr FC against Caerau Ely FC in the Ardal Southern League.
The medical team and team mates stayed with him and held his head up on the spinal stretcher he was lying on.
After hours of waiting, an ambulance came and he was taken to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he’s responding to treatment.