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An hour-and-a-half on a pavement

Created on 20/03/2018 @ 19:17
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A Newtown resident should be apologised to by a Welsh Government Minister for having to wait for an hour-and-a-half on a pavement waiting for an ambulance.

Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George, said the constituent had to wait on a cold pavement, while a Welshpool constituent waited for over seven hours.

Mr George said: “Ambulance staff work extremely hard in difficult circumstances to deliver the best possible care.
“Residents often speak of the outstanding support and service which they receive from paramedics and the ambulance service when they are in their care.
“That’s why it’s so sad to hear stories where people are forced to wait in pain for many hours."

He added:  “One constituent who fell over on the street in Newtown waited an hour and a half on a cold pavement for the ambulance to arrive. In that time, the constituent's situation seriously deteriorated.

"The ambulance trust confirmed that this was unacceptable, and pointed out to me that of the nine emergency vehicles available in the Powys locality at that time, seven were waiting outside hospitals to transfer patients to the care of hospital staff.
“Earlier this month, a Welshpool resident waited 7 hours for an ambulance, and this is a further issue I’ve taken up with the Ambulance Service."

Mr George said such delays weer unacceptable.
"These incidents are unacceptable, and its distressing for the patient, those waiting with the patient, and indeed for the Ambulance staff," he said.
“There is a widespread problem which highlights that hospital handover delays are impacting the Welsh Ambulance Service’s ability to respond to incoming emergency calls.
“There has to be something seriously wrong with the system when ambulances are queued up outside hospitals such as Wrexham Maelor waiting to handover patients and then the knock on effect is that other patients are forced to wait for an ambulance."

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