"Poor service from the ambulance service when I needed it most"
About: Arbroath Infirmary / Accident & Emergency Arbroath Infirmary Accident & Emergency DD11 2AT Ninewells Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics Ninewells Hospital Trauma & orthopaedics DD1 9SY Scottish Ambulance Service Scottish Ambulance Service EH12 9EB
Posted by Badlyletdown (as ),
Last year I had what seemed a minor accident on a day out. I had a minor fall but knew right away I had done something. In my panic when there was no one to help me or my wife who was with me I drove the 18 or so miles home while I was in real agony. Once I got home I called for an ambulance as the pain was incredible and my leg was swollen and misshapen. On answering the call the operator told me that they would not send an ambulance as 'there were no bones sticking through the skin' and 'no free flowing blood'. I could not believe what i was hearing.
I called a taxi and had to wait for about forty minutes for it to arrive. I was taken to my local accident and emergency at the infirmary at Arbroath and immediately they saw my problem was serious and could not believe that I was refused an ambulance. I had to be carried into the taxi and brought into A&E in a wheelchair. I was then taken to Ninewells Hospital who immediately diagnosed a 'Complete Rupture of the Quadriceps Tendon' and subsequent muscle damage. I had a three hour operation and was left with about 40 staples in my leg.
I was treated very well by the hospital staff and surgeon who told me he had not seen as much damage as this in a long time and he also could not believe that an ambulance would not come for me as he said he would have thought it would have been obvious to anyone listening to me my injury was very serious.
I received no help what so ever from The Scottish Ambulance Service when I needed it. The service was very poor in my eyes. dare I say a disgrace.