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GPs to wait 40 minutes for ambulances for critically ill patients under new trial


A month ago, I was called just outside of my premises in emergency for a 84 years old man who felt down from stairs in the street. He was lying on the tarmac, a few people around, who already called an ambulance. A family member told me that he has Alzheimer. I examined him, did not find any deficit, his occiput was bleeding a bit. But definitively he had to be rushed in hospital in case of brain extra dural bleeding... As the ambulance after 15mn was still not there, I called again through 999. I explained the case, said that I wanted him to be rushed to the hospital in case of extra dural haemorrhagic possibility. Then I was told that because he was conscient we had to wait for the ambulance and that they could not say how long. Just that we were in a queue... I said OK, I know that our conversation is recorded, I have told you the case, and the emergency level, so if something happen while waiting, the guy at the 999 will be definitively responsible... % minutes later not ONE but THREE ambulance arrived on site!!!

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22 Nov 2016

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