CONCERN has been expressed after it took more than one hour for an ambulance to attend the scene of a road collision on Carrickmore on Tuesday evening.
A local male cyclist was knocked down in the incident at the junction of Termon Road and Malabhuí just after 5pm.
The man, who is aged in his 30s and understood to be from the Sixmilecross area, was struck by a car at the junction. While his injuries were not considered life-threatening, the cyclist was hospitalised and said to be badly shaken by the ordeal.
A local GP was quickly on the scene and a rapid response paramedic attended in just 16 minutes.
However it took 67 minutes for an ambulance bus to arrive to take the injured man to Craigavon Area Hospital.
The cyclist remained in hospital yesterday (Wednesday), undergoing a series of x-rays to assess his injuries.
Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff, who was among the local people who comforted the injured cyclist by the roadside, said GPs in the area have expressed concern over the response time.
“I understand locally, that the GPs are expressing concern to the Ambulance Service about new protocols,” he said.
The MLA said they wanted clarification on whether the incident had been downgraded because health professionals were already on the scene.
In response, the Ambulance Service blamed ‘high demand following the holiday period’ for the lengthy response time for the larger vehicle on Tuesday evening.
Mr McElduff went on to praise the efforts of all the local people who he said had offered their assistance to the injured cyclist.
“My main concern is for the well-being of the young man who was injured in the accident and I would pay tribute to neighbours and by-passers, who arrived on the scene to offer support.”