Ambulance never came after I fell from my moped

(l-r) Hannah Murphy (21) with her friend Sharlie Cattrall (22) at the junction of Gregson Avenue in Bridgemary, where the accident took place.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142980-2691)
(l-r) Hannah Murphy (21) with her friend Sharlie Cattrall (22) at the junction of Gregson Avenue in Bridgemary, where the accident took place.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142980-2691)

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A RIDER who fell off her moped said she was left waiting almost an hour for an ambulance – which never arrived.

Sharlie Cattrall had been riding her moped when her foot slipped and she fell off, banging her head on a kerb.

The ferryport supervisor was knocked out for five minutes, and said that despite a 999 call being made, no ambulance showed up.

Sharlie, 22, had been following her friend Hannah Murphy, 21, and was approaching Gregson Avenue, in Bridgemary.

Sharlie, of Northern Parade, Hilsea, said: ‘I was only doing about five miles an hour and was following Hannah, who was in a car, when my foot slipped off the brake and I fell off.

‘I smacked my head on the kerb and even though I was wearing a helmet, my friend said I was unconscious for five minutes.

‘Someone called 999 and my friend got out of her car to come to me.’

Sharlie said the incident happened at around 11.30am, and she didn’t move in case she had more serious injuries.

She added: ‘I lay in the road for 20 minutes and did not move, thinking an ambulance was coming.

‘An off-duty doctor walked past after 20 minutes and did an assessment to say I could move to the side of the road.

‘The police had arrived and when they called to see if the ambulance was on its way, the service told them one hadn’t been dispatched. We couldn’t believe it.

‘In the end the police said it would be quicker and easier if my friend drove me to Queen Alexandra Hospital, which is what we did. This has shaken me.

‘It makes me wonder how long it would take them to come out in the future, especially if I had suffered further injuries.

‘I was never told how long it would be for an ambulance to come either, only that it was on its way.

South Central Ambulance Service runs the ambulance service for the county.

A spokesman said: ‘We we were called at 11.43am to an incident in Gregson Avenue, Gosport.

‘Based on the information given by the caller, the call was categorised as requiring a response on scene in 30 minutes.

‘The nearest available resource was dispatched at 12.19pm, however, we were informed we were no longer required.’