Left ve­hi­cle hin­ders the am­bos

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

LO­CAL paramedics have slammed an in­con­sid­er­ate driver af­ter they were forced to work around an il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cle on Macrossan St to trans­port a pa­tient.

On Fri­day am­bu­lance of­fi­cers re­sponded to an in­ci­dent at the Port Vil­lage Med­i­cal Cen­tre where a pa­tient was suf­fer­ing from chest pain, to find a work ute with a trailer parked in the des­ig­nated emer­gency ve­hi­cles park­ing area.

“This caused a de­lay for of­fi­cers in get­ting to the pa­tient,” said Port Dou­glas of­fi­cer in charge Ian Day, ex­plain­ing that am­bu­lances needed to be parked in the street.

Of­fi­cers then had to hold up traf­fic so they could load the pa­tient into the am­bu­lance.

“A de­lay in re­spond­ing and at­tend­ing to pa­tients could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween sav­ing a life and los­ing a life,” Mr Day said.

The re­served park­ing area is lo­cated there so paramedics can find park­ing and get to pa­tients quickly.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

A ve­hi­cle that got in the way of paramedics re­spond­ing to an in­ci­dent in Port Dou­glas

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