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


Apologies to anyone who has already seen this post in September, but it is relevant to this discussion, so I have copied and pasted in it's entirety. calling 999 will not necessarily help. I called 999 (earlier this week) after stopping my car to assist (with 2 other health professionals who fortunately happened to be passing) when an elderly man collapsed in the street. He looked very unwell, was objectively severely anaemic and could not stand up without feeling faint. TWO HOURS later neither a paramedic nor an ambulance had arrived, and despite two further phone calls to chase up, the ambulance control room staff were unable to even offer a vague ETA, instead clearly reading a scripted response about "high demand". The patient was eventually transported to hospital by a passing paramedic travelling in his own car. Apparently there are no targets for attending patients triaged as "green" even if they have collapsed in the street. Absolutely shameful.......

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22 Nov 2016

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