Anger at 75 minute 999 wait

Robert Bond was left needing 19 stitches to his head after Friday's collision.
Robert Bond was left needing 19 stitches to his head after Friday's collision.

A Rosegrove steward who was knocked down on his way to work was said to have been left waiting for an ambulance for one-and-a-half hours while suffering extensive bleeding to his head and a 15cm head laceration.

Robert Bond (57), who works at Rosegrove Railway Club, was hit by a car at the junction of Kiddrow Lane and Middlesex Avenue on Friday.

His daughter and son Jade and Wade have now complained to the Express about the ambulance waiting time, after their father was allegedly left waiting in cold conditions, while his skull “was visible”.

They said: “For one hour and 30 minutes he lay in the road, in very cold temperatures and rain. That is how long it took for the ambulance to come.

“If it wasn’t for a district nurse passing at the time and for all the nearby residents, we really do feel our father would be in a worse condition that he is now.

“Please let’s all get together and complain before somebody dies unnecessarily.”

Jade and Wade would also like to thank locals who helped provide blankets, umbrellas, tea towels, beanbags, coats, scarfs and refreshments following the incident.

Robert is now said to be in recovery after being taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital and having 19 stitches to his head.

Secretary at Rosegrove Railway Club Jules Hankinson (57) said Robert had been coming into work early to help out during the club’s firework display when he was hit.

She said: “We all send him our best wishes and a speedy recovery - we are all thinking of him.

“He is a lively character, and we are all missing him.”

Police said they were called just after 6pm. North West Ambulance Service said: “The initial call was received at 5-57pm. It was then upgraded to a Red 2, response time of eight minutes, at 7-06pm. An ambulance arrived within five minutes, arriving on scene at 7-11pm.”