Southminster: "Dad died in my car after four-hour ambulance wait warning" (From Maldon and Burnham Standard)
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Southminster: "Dad died in my car after four-hour ambulance wait warning"
9:56am Wednesday 6th February 2013 in News
A grandfather died in his daughter’s car after having been told he faced a "four-hour wait" for an ambulance.
Lynne Wye is launching a petition against further cuts to the ambulance service following the death of her dad John Wye of Buttercup Way, Southminster.
When one of Mr Wye’s carers called the ambulance service because the widower was in “agony”, they were told it would be a "four-hour wait".
The carer then informed Miss Wye of Chelmsford, who drove from her house to pick her dad up and take him to Chelmsford’s Broomfield Hospital herself.
Mr Wye, 73, who has regular appointments at the hospital’s urology department, then had a heart attack in her car as they passed through Purleigh.
A ambulance service spokesman said a call was received in connection with Mr Wye's blocked catheter and this was graded as non-life threatening.
A second call was then received following his heart attack and an ambulance was on scene in 20 minutes.
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