Fifty minute wait for ambulance

Jeff (left) and Russell Whittington
Jeff (left) and Russell Whittington
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A WIGAN man who was hit by a car while out running had to wait 50 minutes for an ambulance.

Keen runner Jeff Whittington, 65, suffered head injuries after the incident near the junction between Old Pepper Lane and Pepper Lane in Standish.

Police arrived on the scene after 20 minutes but it took a further 30 minutes for an ambulance to attend.

An off-duty nurse who happened to be passing tended to Mr Whittington, a member of Wigan Phoenix Running Club, while they waited for emergency services.

His pal Shaun Arstall, 41 said: “I’m so worried about Jeff. If it hadn’t been for a nurse who was passing by I’m sure it would have been worse.

“A few people stopped and helped. It was wonderful to see strangers come together to help a man they didn’t even know.”

Mr Whittington is currently being treated at Wigan Infirmary.

A spokeswoman from the North West Ambulance Service said: “Unfortunately due to an extremely high level of activity on Monday evening, this resulted in a wait for vehicle allocation.

“We would like to assure the patient that if he would like to discuss this further, we would be more than happy to do so.”

A police spokesman said the driver of the vehicle had been spoken to by police.