Ambulance chiefs meet with the family of Bath schoolboy George Jenkins
Ambulance chiefs have met with the family of a Bath schoolboy who was knocked down by an emergency vehicle responding to a 999 call last week.
George Jenkins is in a stable condition at Frenchay Hospital after the incident in London Road last Thursday afternoon.
A spokeswoman for South Western Ambulance Service said representatives had visited the 11-year-old’s family to talk about what had happened.
She said: “We have met with the family and we are co-operating with the police investigation, to find out what exactly happened and to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
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“We are also supporting the staff involved in the incident to make sure they have everything they need to cope with what happened.”
The ambulance was responding to a call about a car which was on fire on the A46, near Swainswick, when the incident occurred.
It is understood it was travelling on the wrong side of the road, moving out of Bath, when George was knocked down.
He suffered a serious head injury and was initially taken to the Royal United Hospital, before being transferred to Frenchay, in Bristol, for specialist treatment.
George’s head teacher Libby Lee, from Ralph Allen School, said the community was rallying round to wish him a full recovery.
She said the school was providing support for his fellow students, some of whom had witnessed the incident.
Ms Lee said: “We were shocked by George’s accident last week which was witnessed by a number of school students.
“We are in regular contact with George’s family.
“Our concern this week is to support the students in school who are distressed.
“We are aware that some people may need a bit of time to talk about how they feel. Staff are on hand to provide this support.
“The whole community is united in wishing the best for George and his family.”
Police are investigating the details surrounding the collision, which happened near Snow Hill at around 4pm as George was making his way home from school.
They have appealed for any witnesses to come forward and contact them on the non-emergency number 101.