A teenage footballer had to wait nearly seven hours for an ambulance after breaking his leg in a game on Sunday. 

Llewelyn Jerman remained on the pitch from when he suffered the injury just after 11am until the ambulance arrived just before 6pm.

The teenager, who was playing for Newtown Football Club’s under 16’s side, suffered the injury in the final minutes of his side's game against Cefn Druids.

Craig Williams, head of coaching at Newtown FC, said the club had no criticism of the NHS or the “fantastic” ambulance crew which eventually arrived.

Mr Williams said: “We’re not looking to blame the NHS. The situation wasn’t ideal but was one of those things that was out of our control and once they arrived the ambulance staff were fantastic, we’re not blaming anyone at all. 

“Llewelyn dealt with it really well as did the Cefn Druids staff, who were fantastic, and the ambulance staff who cared for him. Hopefully it’s a situation that won’t be repeated and Llewelyn is in in the best place now.” 

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Llewelyn suffered a “clean break” of both bones in his lower leg and is due to see a specialist today after spending last night in hospital.

“Llewelyn was amazing and dealt with it really well and was really calm although obviously he was in a lot of pain but dealt with it superbly,” Mr Williams continued.

“In an ideal world it wouldn’t happen but the Cefn Druids staff were fantastic in caring for Llewelyn, his family and us, really well.

“It was obviously frustrating at the time as they were not able to provide us a time when the ambulance would come.

All coaches at the game were first aid trained, but they do not have the necessary level of training to move someone with a broken leg.

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The Welsh Ambulance Service has apologised and said it was facing high demand across the north of the country at the time.

The incident has highlighted pressures facing the Welsh Ambulance Service.

On Sunday night it said it was experiencing “an extremely high number of calls” and appealed for the public to use an online symptom checker before calling for assistance in non-life-threatening situations. 

Liz Wedley, ambulance operations manager in north Wales for the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “Demand for our services at the time of this incident were high across North Wales and it took us longer to reach non-life-threatening cases than we would like. 

“Our resources were already committed to patients in the community or awaiting patient admission to hospitals across the Health Board area. 

“We appreciate this was a very distressing situation for Mr Jerman, his family and his team mates. 

“We sincerely apologise to Mr Jerman and wish him well for a full recovery. 

“Direct contact from the family would be welcomed should they wish to discuss our response in more detail.” 

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