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Mum calls for more park information

PUBLISHED: 20:00 17 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH mother whose daughter was injured in a town centre play area

is urging for notices in parks indicating where to get help in the event of an accident.

AN IPSWICH mother whose daughter was injured in a town centre play area

is urging for notices in parks indicating where to get help in the event of an accident.

Joanne Aguilar-Millan, called the ambulance on her mobile phone after her daughter, Sarah, aged ten, injured her knee on the climbing frame in Christchurch Park's new play area.

But she said it is only by chance she had the mobile phone. The incident raised awareness that there was no contact point or procedure to follow in the event of an accident.

Mrs Aguilar-Millan, of Greenways Close, Ipswich, said: "I had my mobile phone on me. But this was more by accident than design as I do not normally go to the park with my handbag."

"The park is a wonderful facility, especially with the new playground, but it always concerned me that there was no where to turn should an accident occur.

"Presumably whilst the park is open there must be a park keeper on duty. Why could Ipswich Borough Council not set up a procedure for contacting this person?

"I have been in the park when children have hurt themselves and not been accompanied by an adult. I went to their aid but suppose I hadn't been able to help them?" she asked.

"Children old enough do play in the park without an adult. I think the council should give serious thought to this matter.

The 39-year-old first thought her daughter had broken her leg on the climbing frame, but it turned out she lost her footing and tore a ligament in her right knee, which still hurts a month on.

She was too big to be carried and couldn't walk because of her injury so Mrs Aguilar-Millan had no option but to call an ambulance.

A park keeper turned up when the ambulance arrived and took her name and address, but made no contact after the event.

"For all the council know the accident could have been a fatal one," she said. "By not contacting me they have not made an effort to find out.

"In our case I was there to pick up the pieces, next time the council might not be so lucky."

An Ipswich borough council spokesman, said: "We are obviously very sorry to hear of this accident and will be looking at Mrs Aguilar-Millan's suggestions of having a sign up giving simple steps of what people can do."

It may suggest that people who don't have a mobile phone can go to the mansion to get help or the nearest phone box.

He added all entrances to the park have emergency services number and the park superintendent's number and park keepers carry out regular patrols.

The council is looking at the possibility of putting signs up when the name is chosen for the new play area.


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