The Welsh Ambulance Trust is being asked to explain the long wait endured by a woman who sustained back injuries in a fall on Penarth Esplanade at the weekend.
The woman is understood to have slipped and fallen injuring her back and spine.
Eyewitnesses say an ambulance was immediately summoned to the scene – but three hours later still hadn’t arrived .
In the meantime Penarth Coastguard officers and Penarth RNLI crew members – all of whom are trained “first responders” and are qualified to administer first aid – placed the injured woman on a stretcher and made her as comfortable as possible.
Coastguard officers had to hold up temporary canvas screens to protect the casualty from the sun and from the unwanted attention of passers-by whilst she was being treated. Neither the Coastguards nor the RNLI have made any comment about the protracted ambulance delay.
The incident – on Sunday – is the second such recent emergency on the Esplanade in which Penarth Coastguard officers have been involved .
On the evening of June 25th a casualty – reported to be young girl – was accidentally struck by a car understood to have been backing out of a parking slot . On this occasion Penarth Coastguard officers and police officers rendered first aid whilst there was another wait for an ambulance.
Ambulance response times continue to be a hot topic in the Welsh Assembly were beleaguered Labour Health Minister Vaughan Gething has yet to achieve a sustained improvement in the service.
Last month the Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust announced the appointment of the former ChiefExecurive of the South Australia ambuklance service Jason Killens – as the new Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service.