Tuesday 7th July 2015 – 6.50pm – Claire Brown.
A jockey has been airlifted to hospital and another suffered minor injuries after falling from their horses during a race meeting this afternoon in Dunstall Park.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of two jockeys who had been injured at Wolverhampton Racecourse, Gorsebrook Road, Wolverhampton, just before 2.00pm today (Tuesday).
An ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill airbase with two critical care paramedics on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the ambulance service arrived they found two jockeys being treated by onsite medical staff after both had reportedly fallen from their horses during a race.
“One jockey, a man thought to be in his 20s, had initially been knocked unconscious following the fall and was found to have sustained a serious head injury and neck pain. The man, who had regained consciousness when the ambulance service arrived, had been given pain relief and was fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board by the private medical team.
“The man was given further pain relief by WMAS before being transferred to the awaiting helicopter, which had landed on the racecourse, and airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care.
“The second jockey, a man, suffered less serious injuries but required further hospital treatment. He was taken to New Cross Hospital by land ambulance.”