A PENSIONER who fell in the street was left lying on the ground with a dislocated shoulder for almost an hour before an ambulance arrived.
Robert Mawson, 82, Clowne, fell while walking on Low Pavements in Chesterfield town centre on Tuesday, November 22.
A shop worker called an ambulance, but it didn’t arrive for 45 minutes.
Ian Booth, 51, from Chesterfield was nearby at the time. He said: “I heard a great bang and saw him lying on the ground. There were quite a few people around him trying to make him comfortable so I didn’t stop.
“I was walking back half an hour later and he was still lying there in pain. I think it’s disgusting.”
Mr Mawson was on his way to meet his son, Martin Mawson, who found him collapsed on the ground.
He said: “He was being helped by a lady who was a nurse, but it took so long for the ambulance to get there, and being in his 80’s, I wasn’t impressed.
“It’s one mile to get to where he was from the hospital so who knows why they took so long.
“He just needed some pain relief.”
Mr Mawson was taken by ambulance to Chesterfield Royal Hospital where he was treated for a dislocated arm and kept in overnight. He is now recovering at home.
A spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “We received the 999 call at 10.47 on Tuesday, November 22 and the caller stated that a man had fallen.
“We were told that he was breathing and conscious and the call was recorded as serious but not immediately life threatening.”
They added: “We regret that on this occasion there was a delay in the ambulance reaching the patient due to the number of emergency and life threating calls received, and apologise for any distress this may have caused.