A pensioner in Co Tyrone has received an apology after he waited in agony with critical injuries for more than two hours for an ambulance from Donegal to reach him.Mr Moss had to wait two hours for an ambulance.Noel Moss (68) was working on his vintage tractor at his farm near Castlederg when it rolled over him, crushing his body and leaving him with a broken collarbone and ribs, as well as a cracked pelvis and a fractured jaw.His family rang for an ambulance and while the rapid response unit arrived within an hour, it was two hours before an ambulance came to take Mr Moss to hospital. It was sent all the way from Donegal because at the time of the call there were no ambulances available within the Western Trust.The nearest available ambulance was in Ballyshannon, which is 34 miles away.Mr Moss’s son Kevin said there was a degree of confusion by this ambulance crew about which hospital to take his father to.It was after midnight before his father was finally admitted to Altnagelvin Hospital — almost three hours after the first call for help was made. Kevin told the Belfast Telegraph “After we rang an ambulance we were waiting well over half-an-hour for the paramedics to arrive in the rapid response car, which was no good for getting him to hospital,” he said.“They were brilliant and we certainly have no issue with the way they dealt with my father, who was in a bad way. But it was a large ambulance we needed and it didn’t arrive until 10.45pm, and then it came from Ballyshannon.“They didn’t know what hospital to take my father to — whether to go to Letterkenny or Altnagelvin — but he was eventually admitted to Altnagelvin shortly after midnight.“My father has only just come out of an induced coma but he is still in the high dependency unit because he was critically ill.“We are grateful he is still with us because if he had any internal bleeding he would have certainly died waiting on an ambulance to take him to hospital. “We understand we live in a rural area, but waiting for two hours on an ambulance is too much to wait, especially when it is such a serious accident.”AMBULANCE HAD TO TRAVEL FROM DONEGAL TO TYRONE FOR CRITICALLY-INJURED FARMER was last modified: August 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
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