Pedestrians and passers-by attend to a man who fell over and was unable to move, at he intersection of Bargara and Gahans Rds yesterday.
Pedestrians and passers-by attend to a man who fell over and was unable to move, at he intersection of Bargara and Gahans Rds yesterday. Scottie Simmonds

Emergency response time criticised

PEOPLE who rushed to the aid of a 78-year-old man who fell over at the intersection of Bargara and Gahans Rds yesterday morning have criticised the emergency response time.

Passers-by stopped to help direct the busy traffic away from where the man lay.

One woman said there had been no response for about 25 minutes.

"I'm an ex-nurse and I've found it quite horrifying there wasn't more immediate care," she said.

A 55-year-old man, who works close by, agreed.

"There quite easily could have been an accident. The man was lying in the middle of the road," he said.

"He was telling us that he was numb from the chest down - we were in no position to move him."

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said they received the call at 8.36am, and arrived on scene at 9am.

"It's a satisfactory response time," she said.

A police media spokesperson said police did not receive the call until 9am, despite witnesses saying they called about 8.40am.