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Selwyn Times: August 02, 2016

Selwyn Times: August 02,

FREE TUESday aUgUST 2 2016 379 7100 Selwyn NZ Navel Oranges Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) 98 c per kg Have you been to see us lately? OPEN 7 DAYS Phone 349 5952 Cnr Springs Rd & Marshs Rd, Prebbleton (next to Milanese Restaurant) Special ends 5.30pm Saturday 6th August Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass Concern over 90-minute wait for ambulance at sports game • By Tom Doudney CONCERNS HAVE been raised after an ambulance took 90 minutes to arrive at a rugby game in Tai Tapu on Saturday where a player had suffered a neck injury. Lock Josh McDermott, 16, was playing for the Waihora under-18 side against Lincoln when he suffered what was later found to be a serious neck sprain with torn ligaments. The injury happened when he was in a maul and the game was stopped before being moved to another field for the final minutes. Josh’s father Maurice Mc- Dermott said he was concerned about how long it had taken an ambulance to get there, although he was also grateful to the St John staff who had done a good job at treating his son when they did arrive. Maurice McDermott said: “There is an ambulance based at Rolleston. Why did we have to wait for an ambulance from town, rather than one from Rolleston?” St John district operations manager Canterbury Dion Rosario said all available ambulances, including the Rolleston one, were dealing with other emergency incidents when Josh McDermott’s injury occurred. “His injury was classified as non-life threatening. As soon as an ambulance became available it was dispatched to attend this incident,” Mr Rosario said. Maurice McDermott said the length of time would be a concern for any sporting event in Ellesmere. “If someone gets injured at Southbridge, how long will it take to get an ambulance? “He was lying on the ground and he didn’t get hypothermic but whether it was the cold or the shock he was feeling, he was certainly going a purple colour when the ambulance arrived.” Waihora under-18 coach Derek Smith said while he had confidence in the abilities of a trained physio who happened to be spectating and performed first aid, it had been a long time to wait. Josh McDermott had been able to move his feet and hands, indicating his neck was probably not broken, but there was some concern about his weak strength of grip. •Turn to page 3 Having a ball Tilly Smith got a boost from Laura Heslop, Brionne Fleming and Grace Hadfield as they posed for a photo at the Ellesmere College ball held at Addington Raceway. •For more photos of the night turn to page 8. PHOTO: DC PHOTOGRAPHY Sale StartS aLL StarreD IteMS up to 50% off SeLecteD ranchSLIDerS up to 25% off MuSgroveS SaturDaY 30th JuLY to SaturDaY 6th auguSt Macrocarpa veggIe BoxeS & KItSetS 15% off D/g WInDoWS 1200x1200 or BIgger 25% off neW 90x45 Sg8 h3.2 pIne per Metre neW cLearLIte per Metre neW 5 rIB Iron per Metre 200x100 Macrocarpa per Metre WaS $ 6 WaS $ 17 WaS $ 9 WaS $ 19 noW noW noW noW $ 4 .95 $ 14 $ 7 .90 $ 15 .20 NEW ENTRANCE: 3 MusgRovE ClosE, soCkbuRN • Ph 322 7922 open hourS: MonDaY-frIDaY 8aM-5pM | Sat 8aM-4pM