Ambulance Service apologises to injured Tyrone farmer

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A farmer from Co Tyrone who had to wait an hour and a half for an ambulance after being seriously injured has received an apology from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS).

Noel Moss, who is 68 and from Castlederg, was hurt when a tractor rolled over him at his farm.

There was no ambulance available locally meaning one had to be sent from Ballyshannon in Donegal which is 34 miles away. The incident happened on Tuesday, July 28 but details have just emerged.

NIAS spokesman John McPoland said: “We got a call about an incident involving a tractor and we are extremely sorry that it took so long. We apologise to Mr Moss and his family.

“A rapid response paramedic was there within 23 minutes providing treatment and pain relief to Mr Moss.

“We were trying to get an available ambulance. The paramedic who was on site did say to the team that an ambulance was urgent.

“It is an unacceptable time for us to get to a scene. This is a man who had internal injuries. We feel like we let Mr Moss down,” Mr McPoland told the BBC.

The spokesman said that all the ambulances were involved in other emergency calls.

“We have serious challenges when it comes to rural communities. I wouldn’t want to see this happen again. Every part of the health service will tell you today that they could be doing with more resources.”

Mr McPoland also said the NIAS would like to meet Mr Moss and his family to explain what happened.