"Lack of ambulances"
About: South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust / Emergency ambulance South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Emergency ambulance Exeter EX2 7HY
Posted by Floorman (as ),
I live within the area covered by the Royal United hospital, Bath.
Recently, one night at about 11pm I fell within my home and it appeared that at least I had dislocated my left shoulder with a possible fracture. I was unable to get off the floor. We called 999 and waited. The operators assured us that things were very busy.
At about 3am a paramedic came, did what he could and decided that an ambulance was necessary. Much further delay and finally one was found at Chippenham on its break. By now my condition had been upgraded from P2 to P1. This should have resulted in a blues and twos run taking about 15 minutes. They arrived about 4.50am and from then on all was well including the hospital work. My shoulder damage was diagnosed as a dislocation, attended to and I was home again by 4.20pm.
The paramedic said that I should write this because he understood that some ambulance services were laid off about 1am. On arrival at A. and E they were not very busy at all.