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Today I was in close proximity to a situation where upon a lady was having severe chest pains. A nearby first aider did his best to reassure the lady & her family. A 999 call put through to the ambulance service took 10 minutes to be answered. After giving what details he could, he was advised to call back if her condition deteriorated. He explained that it had taken 10 minutes to get the initial call through & was very concerned that a further 10 minutes wait might be too late. The phone call was terminated. 30 minutes later the ambulance service called back to check on the patients condition and that an ambulance had not yet been dispatched. He offered to take the lady to hospital in his car and was told that it was his own decision & would be his responsibility. An ambulance arrived about 5 minutes later. This incident took place within approximately 1 mile of the ambulance station.
The NHS is not in danger – it is broken.
Does sound very concerning, but as a minor aside it’s worth noting that proximity to the ambulance station has no impact on response times. Crews only use them to start and finish shifts and will be out in the community or more likely stuck outside hospital at most times. You will rarely find staff sat in stations waiting for calls as they’re sent to stand by points on the rare occasions when it’s quiet.
Go outside the Maelor and you’ll find the answer, a large number of ambulances were queued outside there this afternoon waiting to hand over patients in sweltering heat. If they can’t offload their current patient to the Emergency Department then they can’t move on the next. The blame doesn’t lie solely at the door of the ED though, where staff work their backsides off in distressing conditions. Cuts to social care funding and the closure of community hospital beds mean there is nowhere suitable for people to go, even when they no longer need a hospital bed. Unless funding is increased you will see this situation continue and potentially grow worse. The NHS doesn’t just experience winter pressures, they’re all year round now.
Also, hot weather causes an increase in respiratory related conditions, as well as road accidents and incidents on the coast, at reservoirs etc.March 6, 2018 at 11:39 pm in reply to: Shame on Councillors to refuse planning permission #145851
I am sure that all Councillors do their homework before what could be considered a foot in mouth remark or remarks, so they must have sufficient concerns to speak up against the granting of permissions.
If it was left to Top Managers to make decisions then bad ones would lead to fingers being pointed and allegations of bungs being made. Having Councillors making these decisions means that they are speaking for the people they represent and have no self interest or nothing to gain.
i also think it is shameful that Wrexham.com show the face of a Councillor against the headline here!
Anyone who watched the council meeting online could easily see what he looks like. If you’re in public office and you make ill thought out comments then don’t be shocked to see your mug next to them, or does accountability scare you?March 5, 2018 at 10:40 pm in reply to: Shame on Councillors to refuse planning permission #145785
Made for pretty grim reading to be honest. Way to stigmatise people with mental health issues.
Dick scoffed as he heard there was another Wrexham Tory with an amusing name, and boldly declared ‘Don, hold my beer.’
Hearing Don’s been replaced by new Tory MP candidate frontrunner Arthur Chance.May 11, 2017 at 6:24 pm in reply to: I don't like Corbyn's policies but the local alternative is Andrew Atkinson …. #131207
No UKIP candidate in Wrexham. I think that’s probably sealed it for the Tories then.May 5, 2017 at 11:10 am in reply to: Election outcome — who will make up the Groups and Leadership #130857
Mark Prtchard seemed to suggest it will be as you were, so the two Indy groups and Conservatives in coalition.
Of course, one group could make a power play and change the dynamic.
I’m part of said generation and interested in politics to the point of being an anorak, but must say the choice of two candidates in my ward is very uninspiring.
There have been some belting threads on this forum, but this is a personal favourite. Bravo.
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