CareFlight was called to assist a teenage boy at Bare Creek Bike Park.

Just after 1.00pm this afternoon (Saturday, 08 January) a 14-year-old boy came over the handlebars while riding his bike at the Bare Creek Bike Park at Crozier Road, Belrose.

It was reported that he landed awkwardly, striking his head on the ground and losing consciousness for around one minute. It is believed he was wearing a helmet at the time.

Bystanders called emergency services, with NSW Police, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance paramedics and the Mounties Care CareFlight Helicopter tasked to the scene. All services were on scene within 15 minutes of the incident call, with initial treatment provided by a NSW Ambulance special operations paramedic.

A specialist CareFlight medical team was landed shortly afterwards within the grounds of the bike park, while NSW Police secured a landing site for the helicopter at the nearby Waldon Road Reserve. In tandem with emergency services personnel, CareFlight’s medical team worked to transport the boy off the bike track to a nearby NSW Ambulance.

The boy suffered abrasions to his face, along with pain in his chest and spine. CareFlight’s specialist doctor and NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic conducted a full trauma assessment on the boy, which included an ultrasound to check for internal injuries, administered pain relief and undertook spinal precautions.

CareFlight’s medical team provided ongoing treatment for the teenager as he was taken by road with NSW Ambulance in a critical condition to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Today’s incident at Bare Creek Bike Park follows a similar accident there last Monday afternoon (5.30pm, 03 January) in which a 42-year-old man fell from a bike and lost consciousness.

The Mounties Care CareFlight Helicopter was also tasked to that incident but by the time NSW Ambulance paramedics had arrived and assessed the man, he had regained consciousness and did not appear to be seriously injured, so the helicopter was called off.

In that case, NSW Ambulance paramedics walked the man to a waiting NSW Ambulance which took him to Northern Beaches Hospital for further observation.

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