"Non arrival of Ambulance"

About: Musgrove Park Hospital / Ear, Nose and Throat South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

(as the patient),

Nose bleed started and hadn't stopped nearly 3 hours later so dialled 999. Details given & told that an ambulance would be dispatched. Having given instructions that best access was at rear of house I went outside & waited. After 40 mins I was starting to urge & then vomited up congealed blood. Started to become weak & disorientated.

Fortunately neighbour returned from work just before 11pm & spotted me wandering around bleeding & spluttering. They called 999 to find out where the ambulance was & suggested she drive me directly to Musgrove.

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Response from Sara Coburn, Patient Engagement Manager, Governance, South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust

Good Afternoon Im nearly 70 you know,

Thank you for taking the time to provide our service with feedback. I hope you are feeling better now after your nose bleed.

I'm sorry to hear that you did not receive an ambulance. It would be difficult for me to comment on the possible reasons behind this without more detailed information about your experience. If you would like us to look into this for you, please could I ask you to contact our Patient Experience Team either by emailing patientexperience@swast.nhs.uk or by calling 01392 261585 and a member of the team will guide you through the process.

Thank you again for sharing your story with us.


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Response from Musgrove Park Hospital

I am very sorry to read about your concerns regarding your call to 999 for an ambulance.

May I suggest that you contact the Patient Advice & Liaison Service at South West Ambulance Service (SWAST) who will be able to help you with this. Please telephone: 01392 261 585.

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