A London cyclist who was seriously injured in a collision with a car this morning lay on the ground for more than 90 minutes before paramedics arrived to treat her, reports the London Evening Standard.
Police were called to the scene of the incident in Broad Street, Teddington at 8.51 am, with officers putting a blanket over the woman, aged in her 60s, who had been knocked from her bike.
However, the newspaper says that according to witnesses, it was not until 10.25am that paramedics reached the scene to treat the victim.
The Standard pointed out that the closest hospital, Teddington Memorial Hospital, is just seven minutes on foot from the crash scene.
However, that hospital has a walk-in minor injuries unit rather than providing a full A&E service, the closest of which is at Kingston Hospital, more than two miles away.
London Assembly Member Stephen Knight, who is a Liberal Democrat councillor for Teddington, tweeted: “Horrified that a cyclist was left in the middle of the road in central Teddington this morning for over an hour before the ambulance arrived.”
Local website Teddington Town tweeted a picture of the scene.
— Teddington_Town (@Teddington_Town) December 1, 2014
The Standard said it had contacted London Ambulance Service (LAS) for a comment. For Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls, LAS has a target response rate of atending 75 per cent of incidents within 8 minutes.
Data published for the period March to August 2014 show that the target was achieved in every borough at the start of the period, with a London-wide average of 81 per cent.
Since then, response rates have fallen to 62 per cent by August, the last month for which data are available, and the third straight month in which that 75 per cent target was missed in every single borough.
A spokesman for LAS told the Standard: “We were called at 8.55am to reports of a road traffic collision on Broad St in Teddington.
“From the information provided, we were told the patient was conscious, breathing and alert
“We sent an ambulance crew at 9.08am but they were diverted to a patient in a more serious condition.
“A second ambulance was dispatched at 9.23am but they were also diverted to a patient in a more serious condition.
“A crew arrived on scene at 10.27am but we remained in contact with the patient throughout who had lower back pain but was not in a serious condition.
“She was taken to West Middlesex Hospital, but not on blue lights.
“We are very sorry we couldn’t be there sooner and for any distress or discomfort this may have caused but we have to prioritise patients in a serious or life-threatening condition.”
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.