Monday 14th September 2015 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.
A teenager who came off his bicycle had to be anaesthetised by ambulance staff whilst en route to A&E this afternoon following an incident in Shropshire.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from a doctors’ surgery in Station Road, Newport after a teenage boy had been bought into the surgery with a head injury following an earlier fall from his bicycle. Due to the teenagers’ condition, the doctor called 999 immediately.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they started to administer treatment to the boy who had sustained an isolated head injury.
The crew were concerned about the teens’ condition as he was presenting with a reduced level of consciousness so requested a doctor on an air ambulance. The aircrew from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, made up of a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, were sent to the scene in a response car due to poor weather preventing the helicopter from flying.
“The teenage boy was given a partial sedative on scene by the trauma doctor to help reduce his agitation caused by his head injury before he was transferred to the ambulance outside. The team of ambulance staff began the journey on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital, a specialist trauma centre, so that the boy could receive further emergency care.
“Whilst en route to A&E, the teenagers’ condition deteriorated. The ambulance pulled over to enable the doctor on board to administer a full anaesthetic to stabilise his condition and put him to sleep. The ambulance continued to A&E where medics were pre-alerted to his arrival and serious condition.”