Monday, February 6, 2023

CRISIS IN THE NHS After no ambulances were available, great-grandmother, 79: Johnstown

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Her family rang 999 and were told due to the current crisis she doesn’t qualify for an ambulance. They began by searching for an ironing board to use as a makeshift stretcher.

They couldn’t find one, so they ripped the lid off a grit bin and moved her into the back of a van before driving her to A&E. Follow For More Updates at

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Mrs. Rolfe, from Johnstown in north Wales, was admitted to Wrexham Maelor Hospital eight hours after her fall and underwent surgery the next day. She is still hospitalized. It was cold and windy,” her daughter Dawn Hamilton said. My mother would have died if she had been left alone. A man in the park said someone had died while waiting for an ambulance on the floor.

The 79-year-old from Wrexham’s Johnstown is now in a wheelchair and has no idea when she will be released from Wrexham Maelor Hospital in North Wales. A 93-year-old woman in the same ward who had broken her hip at home had to wait for an ambulance for more than 33 hours.

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Pamela’s daughter Dawn, 58, a self-employed carer said: “My mum fell at 11am, due to us doing our own ambulance service she was in a bed by 7pm. There was a 93-year-old lady in the bed across from us; her son said she had fallen in her house and broken her hip; they had stopped counting after 33 hours of waiting for an ambulance.

There are surgeries in Wrexham that tell people to go to A&E. I keep saying to her ‘you don’t realise how lucky you were’. Just having the van, it was God’s providence that we had a van. The hospital staff was wonderful, but they are overworked. For the latest news, follow us on Google News

I’m pleased this patient was admitted quickly and I wish her well in her recovery, said Dr Nick Lyons, Interim Deputy CEO and executive medical director at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

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