"No ambulance allowed as severed fingers considered a minor injury"
About: Queen Victoria Hospital / General surgery Queen Victoria Hospital General surgery RH19 3DZ South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust / Emergency ambulance South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Emergency ambulance Lewes BN7 2XW
Posted by homer tested (as ),
My son suffered a serious accident at working trimming hedges. He slipped down a muddy bank and severed his little finger and partially severed 2 fingers next to that. He was therefore bleeding quite heavily. He called 999 to request an ambulance to take him to A & E and was told they could not send an ambulance as it was 'a minor injury'. His boss drove, using flashing lights, to let other drivers know the urgency and breaking the speed limit to get to Royal Surrey County Hospital. Upon admittance he was told the full extent of his injuries and was rushed (in a ambulance) to the Queen Vicoria Hopsital in East Grinstead for emergency 12 hour micro surgery to save his fingers. I would, like to know on what grounds the ambulance service at Royal Surrey County Hospital deemed this to be 'a minor injury' and why they didn't do their job properly?