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I don't think we should berate the NHS, Peter. A broken arm in two places in an elderly lady is nasty, but there are few ambulances covering hundreds of miles in any one town/city trying to attend to people who are having heart attacks, and other more serious injuries, like a factory worker whose arm got cut off using a machine, who need immediate attention. Some areas get 2000 calls a DAY!
I've never mentioned this on here before, but in 2015 I fell downstairs cracking my head open on my tile floor, breaking a little finger, and dislocating a thumb. I was unconscious for a while but, when I came to, I somehow managed to grab the phone and ring 999. I kept passing out during the call but I managed to give my post code which they traced to my address, and I let them know I was bleeding from the head.
When the paramedics arrived, I struggled to get the key to open the door but grabbed at it as it was hanging from my door handle, and had to pass the key through the letter box. My phone to the contact centre was still in my hand which the paramedic took from me to let them know they were with me.
After they put a collar on me I passed out again and have no memory of being in the ambulance, but came round the next day at around 3.30 p.m.
As a result of my accident I suffered a serious head injury and I now have a disfigured forehead, but had the paramedics not got to me within 10 minutes and into hospital on blues and sirens, I would have died. This was on a Wednesday evening and I was discharged from the hospital on Saturday afternoon.
It's not their fault they're so badly under-funded, but I do agree that sometimes there appears to be over-kill in certain circumstances, which they have to weigh up for the greater good.
Watch the series "Ambulance" on You Tube and you'll see what they have to deal with on a day to day basis, and how terrific they are dealing with all kinds of situations, even people throwing stones at them when attending the sick; ambulances being vandalised; being attacked with knives.
That elderly lady, as awful as her situation was, was not in danger of death, so they have to prioritise every case as they happen, and sometimes a more serious case has to take precedence over a non-emergency.
I have only the very greatest respect for the NHS because without them I'd be dead now, and let's not forget how doctors and nurses put themselves at risk during the Covid outbreak, risking their own lives to save others. We should be bloody grateful we have an NHS which is free to all who need them.
Replied: 2nd Aug 2021 at 05:01