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Old lady collapses in Hospital car park, has to wait 30 minutes for an ambulance to take her 300 metres

 
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09/28/2012 06:19 AM
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Old lady collapses in Hospital car park, has to wait 30 minutes for an ambulance to take her 300 metres
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An 81-year-old who collapsed outside a hospital was forced to lie in a gutter in the pouring rain, while an ambulance came from seven miles away.

Receptionists said there were no doctors available to assess Gladys Shepherd - so she lay where she fell in the grounds of Burnley General Hospital, Lancashire, while an ambulance was called from another hospital seven miles away.

Paramedics finally arrived 30 minutes later, picked up badly-bruised grandmother and drove her just 300m around the corner to the urgent care unit.

Her granddaughter Louise Woods, 26, who is heavily pregnant said: 'My Gran was literally left lying in the gutter in the rain. I couldn't believe it.

'You would think a hospital would be the best place to have an accident, but oh no.'

Gladys slipped as she waited for Louise to bring her car to the entrance of Maple House, part of the hospital complex, after an appointment at the East Lancashire's memory service. Her face was cut and bruised and she suffered severe bruising to her legs, shoulder and arms.

On hearing her grandmother's cries for help, Louise ran back to the hospital entrance but was unable to lift Gladys back to her feet.

Louise, from Clitheroe, said: 'I ran inside the hospital for help. Three receptionists came running out with umbrellas but said there were no doctors available to check her over before moving her, so I would have to ring an ambulance.
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09/28/2012 06:24 AM
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So sad. What a disgrace





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