Player in air dash to hospital

The injured player is stretchered to the waiting helicopter.

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A player at the Arran Malt Rugby Sevens had to be airlifted to hospital by helicopter during the tournament last Saturday.

The Glasgow Accies player, known only as John, suffered concussion in an early match. He was initially treated by the on-call doctor and off-duty paramedic staff who decided he urgently needed to go to hospital on the mainland.

The Scottish Air Ambulance Service was called an a helicopter and medical team dispatched which saw play suspended, as the crowd and teams at Ormidale Park retreated for the arrival of the air ambulance on the field of play.

The player received further treatment before being stretchered on to the helicopter and flown to Crosshouse Hospital near Kilmarnock where he was kept in overnight but released the following day and is said to be ‘doing well’.

Nigel Campbell of Glasgow Accies told the Banner: ‘We would like to thank the medical staff for the care and attention shown to John. It was much appreciated.’

Two Arran players were also taken to hospital in Lamlash during the tournament. For full coverage of the sevens see centre spread and sports pages.


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