AN elderly man was knocked over just yards from a hospital – but was taken 12 miles by ambulance for treatment.
The accident happened just yards from the University Hospital of Hartlepool, but the man, aged 65, had to be taken for treatment at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
The incident happened outside the Merry-Go-Round pub, in Easington Road, near the roundabout with the Holdforth Road junction.
Campaigners said the situation reinforced their view that accident and emergency services at Hartlepool should never have been taken away.
Keith Fisher, who chairs the Save our Hospital group, said: “An accident like this was always going to happen and highlights the need for A&E services in Hartlepool.
“It is ludicrous to think an accident can happen just yards away from a perfectly good hospital, but the patient has to be taken by ambulance miles away for treatment.”
Emergency services rushed to the scene around 8.45am yesterday and the southbound carriageway had to be closed for more than two hours as officers dealt with the incident.
Police say the pensioner suffered a cut to his head and a suspected injury to his hip after colliding with a silver Golf car, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The road was closed until 11am and traffic travelling into Hartlepool along Easington Road had to be diverted along the A179 following the incident.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 8.47am yesterday to a report that an elderly man had been knocked over.
“He was conscious and breathing and he suffered a cut to his head and a hip injury.
“The patient was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees.”
“Traffic was diverted back up Easington Road to the A179. “Inquiries are still ongoing.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A call was made to us by a member of the public to Easington Road. He suffered head injuries and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees.”
Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident and anyone with information is asked to call Hartlepool Police on (01642) 302110 quoting reference U222189.