The Chronicle

Ambulance blocked

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AN AMBULANCE was called recently when I was a patient at St Vincent’s Hospital and needed to be transferre­d to St Andrew’s Hospital.

It is only a short distance, but then there was a hold up.

The ambulance crew, a woman officer and a male driver, were taking me to the North Ward at St Andrew’s which meant using the hospital’s main entrance. But the entrance driveway was blocked by a woman sitting in her car.

The ambulance lady got out and asked the woman to move her car so the patient could exit the ambulance. The woman refused to budge.

The ambulance driver looked across to me on the stretcher and said: “Don’t worry Don. They don’t call me Benny Hill for nothing!”

He then started his engine and reversed right up to the bonnet of the woman’s car. She snorted and voiced some unkind words as she started her engine and reversed to allow me out of the ambulance.

The ambulance woman said, “You wouldn’t believe this but it is happening almost every day in Toowoomba. We drive down the street with siren going and lights flashing and then there’s a car in front which won’t even change lanes to let us through.

“We could have a patient who has had a heart attack or a stroke in our vehicle who needs to get to hospital quickly.”

Maybe some uncaring motorists should think that one day the same thing could happen to them.’

DON TALBOT, Toowoomba

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