Doctor on-call for Sunday footballers at Northampton park
The Chron reported last month that five players were seriously injured in one morning, causing the East Midlands Ambulance Service to recommend properly-trained medics attend the park during games.
In response, Dr Pete Davies, a trainee anaesthetist at Northampton General Hospital, has stepped forward to volunteer his time.
He said: “I cover events at Silverstone in my own time, such as superbike race meetings, so I’d be happy to do the same at the Racecourse.
“If I could put a player’s leg in a splint, for example, and make them comfortable while they wait for an ambulance, then I would be happy to help.
“Teams used to have their own volunteers with first aid knowledge. Unfortunately, for reasons such as insurance, there aren’t so many people who want to stick their necks out any more and treat footballers.”
Injuries at the park on one Sunday last month included one player with a badly broken leg, who had to wait an hour and 35 minutes for an ambulance without pain relief.
Dr Davies said some other hospital colleagues were also willing to offer their time and he has informed the Northampton Sunday Combination league of his availibility.
League secretary, Roger Gamble, said: “I think it’s a great idea. It obviously doesn’t solve the issue of a delayed ambulance, but if a player can be given pain relief while he waits, that’s a good help.”
The proposal will be put to the Northampton Sunday Combination management committee next week.