Woman ‘was left in pool of blood’

Un­con­scious 62-year-old ‘waited in freez­ing con­di­tions’

Llanelli Star - - Front Page - Katie Bel­lis

A WOMAN who fell un­con­scious in a pool of freez­ing wet mud, blood and vomit had to wait more than an hour for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive, it has been claimed.

The 62-year-old, from Llanelli, who has asked not to be named, was dis­cov­ered in her dis­tressed state by a man near Dafen Row.

He ex­plained how he thought she was “dead” or “dy­ing”, and how she was even­tu­ally treated for “hy­pother­mia, head in­juries, breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and de­hy­dra­tion” on Sun­day evening af­ter he made seven 999 calls for help.

A WOMAN who fell un­con­scious in a pool of freez­ing wet mud, blood and vomit had to wait more than an hour for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive, it has been claimed.

The 62-year-old, from Llanelli, who has asked not to be named, was dis­cov­ered in her dis­tressed state by a man near Dafen Row.

He ex­plained how he thought she was “dead” or “dy­ing”, and how she was even­tu­ally treated for “hy­pother­mia, head in­juries, breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and de­hy­dra­tion” on Sun­day evening, but not un­til af­ter she had been forced to wait for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive.

The man, who has also asked not to be named, said: “I be­lieved that an am­bu­lance would take less than five min­utes to at­tend, es­pe­cially as the tem­per­a­ture had dropped to 1C.”

He said that when no am­bu­lance ar­rived af­ter a while, he made a sec­ond emer­gency call.

A po­lice con­sta­ble and a PCSO then ar­rived at the scene to help, he claimed, and he said he made five fur­ther 999 calls to the Welsh Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

It is be­lieved that the woman was later taken to Glang­wili Hos­pi­tal in Car­marthen for treat­ment.

The 65-year-old man claimed: “The un­der­re­ac­tion to the emer­gency by the am­bu­lance ser­vice is di­a­bol­i­cal.”

A spokesman for the Welsh Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said, fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent: “The Welsh Am­bu­lance Ser­vice sets it­self very high stan­dards for the de­liv­ery of all its ser­vices to our pa­tients.

“Should any pa­tient, or rel­a­tive want to raise a con­cern about re­sponse times or treat­ment, it would be thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated and any find­ings or rec­om­men­da­tions shared.”

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