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Ambulances routinely delaying treatment to emergency calls from GP practices


I waited for over 90 minutes, in the rain, on the seafront, in winter, with a young child going into shock with a shattered femur. As I had stopped to help when I heard them screaming the ambulance control said I was ‘taking clinical responsibility’ so they prioritised other cases. I got very cold as I had to put most of my clothes over the child to stop them getting hypothermia. I saw an ambulance arrive and then divert away only to stop 50 yards away at a hotel. Another van had to come 20miles to reach us. Lesson learned. If you are a doctor wanting an not declare your occupation. I had wrongly assumed that saying I was a doctor and that the patient was at immediate risk would prioritise the call when in fact it added to the delay. First aiders brought us umbrellas blankets and coffee. Ironically if I had just walked on by they would have got to hospital an hour earlier

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04 Jan 2019

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