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Last week my 84yr old dad had a fall and banged and cut his head, luckily a neighbour with good first aid skills came to his aid, bandaged his head and called an ambulance about 2:45pm.
We then waited about 2 hours – but eventually, a first responder car arrived, and the paramedic treated him for his injuries. It was decided that he should go into A&E for tests [head injury and odd ECG results] and the paramedic rang for an ambulance about 5pm and due to his condition waited with him. The ambulance arrived at 8pm and dad was taken to the hospital.
So, a first responder paramedic & her vehicle were [although much needed] tied up for an extra 3 hours.
The ambulance paramedics told me that there were 13 ambulances parked up outside A&E at the Maelor.and there will be ‘a delay’ but it was felt dad would be better monitored and treated in the ambulance than to sit and wait in the waiting room.
At 2pm he was admitted to Majjors in A&E. So, a frontline ambulance and 2 paramedics were tied up for an extra 6 hours.
I want to make it perfectly clear that all 3 paramedics concerned did a brilliant job and looked after my dad in both in a professional and friendly manner.
My point here is obviously over the time taken in the first responder’s arrival, the time taken for the ambulance’s arrival and the delay to be admitted at the hospital.
Two issues – the delay could have affected my dad’s health but also the waste of much needed resources although I want to make it 100% clear that I am not complaining about any of the staff involved as they all do a great job and are as frustrated as any patient or family member.
I know there are many procedures and guidelines in place on arrival at A&E, including waiting, triage, waiting, assessment, waiting, treatment and hopefully sent home. One answer for ambulance arrivals would be to have an arrivals lounge/ward for those who need to be monitored or lie down or who could not just sit and wait. Their triage has already been carried out by the paramedics so the urgency for treatment has been assessed.
Obviously, there is a high cost to anything NHS related, for example a fully kitted ambulance costs approx. £250,000, include staff cost, add on the cost of an arrivals lounge, staff and equipment – approx. £500 per patient per night – £182,500 per year – but the damage in terms of lives and injuries is much higher.
You may think I am talking utter drivel here, but these costs are chicken feed compared to preparing for and talking / squabbling about Brexit that is already costing the public purse £500m a week right now!
So Taffboy,and I quote “no way I would dump my rubbish in a rubbish bin” you are saying you would dump your rubbish in a field or on the street is it not?October 11, 2018 at 8:43 pm in reply to: Does Wrexham Council have, or have access to, a vacum truck #157262
I know who should be doing it, and council tax etc etc, but if everybody took a little care of the grid o/s their house, it would help. Remove leaves, debris etc or at least report the problem to Wcbc contact centre.
OMFG! Ive just seen the vid, close the place down asap! Call the council, call the cops and the FBI and International Bloody Rescue quick! But please dont go there! Safer to park on the A483!
Boycott the place as you say, but why blame the Council? Its a private car park!
All good points, but how the hell does GWE stand for North Wales School Improvement Service??
Of course they do, god forbid anything should happen to one of Damien’s ping pong balls!
And another thing, can someone explain what actually is ‘affordable’ houses?? Is it as opposed to unaffordable?? If so why build unaffordable, as no one could buy them!
And another thing, I didnt say build them everywhere young man, I actually asked where do you experts think they should go? And another thing, can someone explain what actually is ‘affordable’ houses?? Is it as opposed to unaffordable?? If so why build unaffordable, as no one could buy them!Is it me?
The only outcome really, they couldn’t manage a goldfish!!
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