Ambulance crews who were called to save a mans life at a care home were held up for more than three hours by parked cars. While one of the ladies who blocked the crew in screamed “I’ve got a job to do
After a couple blocked the lane outside the care home for patients with dementia.
They left the lane blocked meaning paramedics were unable to access the care home until the police were called to move the cars.
Manager at the care home Lucy Hunt confirmed that there had been an ongoing dispute with neighbours about ambulances parking on the small private lane.
Two ambulances had been called to the care home after an emergency call was received reporting a patient who was critically ill.
Ambulance crews had then been intentionally blocked from accessing the care home by road, As soon as both ambulances arrived and attempted to gain access to the care home they were barricaded by a car at either end of the road.
They made the people aware that they needed to rush an elderly man to hospital using blue lights and sirens but were unable to as they had been blockaded in.
Sadly the man died before paramedics were able to make to him and help him.
Care Home manager Ms Hunt has said “I know that they get frustrated with the parking situation outside of the home. We are on just a small private lane but it was an emergency situation in which unfortunately a male resident died.
“It was two cars blocking the ambulances in, a husband and wife from the same household. It is absolutely disgusting. I rushed here myself, I had to park down the road.
“The gentleman did actually pass away before they could have helped him but if they needed to respond very quickly they wouldn’t have been able to. The way the cars were parked, it was to cause as many problems for the ambulance staff as they could.”
Another neighbour at the scene said the wife shouted at ambulance crews: “I’ve got a job to do as well!”
The lady would also not allow the two Ambulance crews back out of the road meaning it was unable to respond to any other emergencies until police arrived at the scene
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “We are aware that ambulances were blocked in at the scene but there were no arrests.”
A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service urged motorists to be patient during emergency situations.
He said: “We were called to attend a serious life-threatening Cat 1 emergency in Battle (East Sussex) at 5pm on Wednesday, 13 February. While every effort was undertaken to park responsibly, there were limited places to park and the road was very narrow.
“Unfortunately, this meant that during the time our clinicians were attending the patient, the road was blocked. A member of staff, on returning to the vehicle during the course of the emergency to get equipment, was challenged by a motorist who became verbally aggressive and the matter was reported to the police.
“While every effort is undertaken to reduce the impact of our ambulances on other road users, there are occasions when we may be required to block access. We would urge motorists to be patient while we attend to patients.”
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