Pensioner, 84, is forced to lie on a pavement for FIVE HOURS waiting for an ...

A pensioner was forced to lie on a pavement for five hours waiting for an ambulance after taking a fall while cutting hedges.

Donavon Marsh, 84, spent hours on the ground with a blanket covering him after suffering a fall in Waunarlwydd, Swansea at around 4pm on Tuesday.

His son Dave Marsh, 58, was alerted to the incident after his father was found by passersby who called an ambulance. 

Mr Marsh said he couldn't fault the service paramedics gave his father once they arrived at 9pm, but that the wait made him anxious about the pensioner's state.

Donavon Marsh, 84, spent hours on the ground with a blanket covering him after suffering a fall in Waunarlwydd, Swansea at around 4pm on Tuesday

Donavon Marsh, 84, spent hours on the ground with a blanket covering him after suffering a fall in Waunarlwydd, Swansea at around 4pm on Tuesday

He said: 'We were told not to move him and to not give him food or water and were told to tell them if he deteriorated. We rang four times in the five hours, he was in an uncomfortable position on his side and was getting cold as time went on.

'I was worried because at his age, a fall could turn into something more serious and he's the type of person who would usually get up after a fall.

'Luckily, on Tuesday it was fairly mild and dry. If it was Wednesday night, it would have been even worse with all that rain. 

'But even though it was mild, he was getting colder and colder and ended up with four blankets on him by the end.' 

Mr Marsh said he couldn't complain about the paramedics, who he said were 'very professional' when they arrived.   

'They did come in the end and they were very professional. When you call up you are asked questions and they obviously have to prioritise serious cases,' he said.

'They took him to Morriston Hospital to the old persons assessment suite and kept him there overnight. 

'They rang me yesterday and moved him to the main hospital since he has a urinary tract infection so he'll probably be in there for a couple of days and he's on antibiotics.

The incident comes days after an 80-year-old man collapsed on a pavement in Rhyl and had to wait two and a half hours for an ambulance to arrive

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