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Make your own way to hospital… to save the NHS! Paramedic says crisis needs 'emergency measures'

Make your own way to hospital... to save the NHS! Paramedic says crisis needs 'emergency measures'

Women in the late stages of labor should drive to hospital themselves rather than get an ambulance because of the ongoing emergency room crisis, a paramedic suggested today.

Kristin Houlgate, who works for South Western Ambulance Service, said she is unsure that NHS ambulances can “provide a safe level of service to the UK public” due to staffing crises and record demand.

She said paramedics may only need to be called for Category 1 or 2 patients who are at immediate risk of death — including those suffering from strokes and cardiac arrests.

The doctor suggested that less urgent Category 3 and 4 calls should make their own way to the hospital.

This includes women in late labor and patients with non-severe burns and diabetic complications.

The ambulance crisis has reached a boiling point in recent weeks, forcing older Britons to wait up to 14 hours in agony for an ambulance.

Patients with heart attack and stroke have had to wait up to 70 minutes in the most extreme cases.

Some ambulance services have already pressed the panic button and told the least urgent patients to go to the hospital themselves.

Kristin Houlgate, who works for South Western Ambulance Service, said she is not confident NHS ambulances 'can provide a safe level of service to the UK public'

A pensioner, 93, who suffered a suspected broken hip at Christ Church in Bath, Somerset on March 25, had to be cared for by the vicar - because his ambulance failed to show for 12 hours

Kristin Houlgate (left), who works for South Western Ambulance Service, said she is unsure that NHS ambulances ‘can provide a safe level of service to the UK public’. Right: A pensioner, 93, who suffered a suspected broken hip at Christ Church in Bath, Somerset on March 25, had to be cared for by the vicar – because his ambulance failed to show for 12 hours

Chart shows: NHS ambulance response times to Category 2 calls - including stroke and chest pain - in England from February 2018 to this year

Chart shows: NHS ambulance response times to Category 2 calls – including stroke and chest pain – in England from February 2018 to this year

Chart shows: NHS ambulance response times to Category 1 calls - including cardiac arrest - in England every month to

Chart shows: NHS ambulance response times to Category 1 calls – including cardiac arrest – in England every month to

Make your own way to hospital... to save the NHS! Paramedic says crisis needs 'emergency measures'

Nurses attack MP for comparing Prime Minister’s breach of lockdown to ‘quiet drink’

Nurses and teachers broke up with a Tory MP who claimed they had working drinks after lockdown shifts to justify why Boris Johnson should not resign.

Some revealed how they took work breaks in their cars because of how strict they believed social distancing rules were at the time.

“You couldn’t even take a break with someone in the same room, let alone a drink after work,” said one nurse.

Unions said NHS staff were just happy to ‘go home, clean their uniforms, shower and plop into bed’ after seeing patients die on duty.

The prime minister was fined by police yesterday for attending a party in the cabinet room in violation of his own lockdown rules.

A number of Tory MPs jumped to Mr Johnson’s defence, including Lichfield’s member Michael Fabricant, who told the BBC yesterday the prime minister acted as many nurses and teachers did during the pandemic.

“I don’t think he ever thought he was breaking the law… he thought like many teachers and nurses who would go back to the teachers’ lounge after a very long shift and have a quiet drink,” he said.

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On Twitter, Ms Houlgate wrote: ‘It is shocking to say but I no longer believe the NHS Ambulance Service is able to provide a safe level of service to the UK public.

“We are in a crisis and need to take emergency measures. Maybe only respond to Cat 1 & Cat 2 calls?’

Category 1 ambulance calls include all cases where a patient is at immediate risk of death, including cardiac arrest. NHS ambulances aim to reach these patients within 15 minutes.

Category 2 calls involve serious conditions such as stroke or chest pain that require immediate attention and urgent transportation. Health officials aim to reach 90 percent of these cases within 40 minutes.

Ms Houlgate said her patients waited more than five hours in the back of an ambulance as queues of 14 vehicles piled up outside the emergency room.

Her ambulance trust – which serves areas in the south west including Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall – has been approached for comment.

South Central Ambulance Service, which covers adjacent regions, declared a critical incident last week due to the “increased challenges in releasing some of our ambulances from busy acute care hospitals.”

The service, which covers 7 million residents in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Sussex and Surrey, asked the community to only call 999 in an emergency.

Huge demand caused the service to announce the incident, meaning it could focus on Category 1 and 2 calls.

Ambulance services across England have been at the breaking point for weeks, with stroke and heart attack patients having to wait 70 minutes for a ride.

It comes when Emlyn Roberts, a 69-year-old retiree, had to wait 10 hours for an ambulance after falling onto the sidewalk in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.

Members of the public called 999 around 12:30 p.m. on March 29, but were told to expect delays. An ambulance finally arrived around 11 p.m.

His sister-in-law, Lynn Roberts, said, “He’s been on the concrete for ten hours. You can forgive a few hours, even a few hours if you have to, but ten hours just isn’t acceptable.”

Emlyn Roberts, 69, had tripped and broken his hip and back at about 12:30 p.m. on March 29 while walking in the center of Colwyn Bay, North Wales.  (Pictured: Mr. Roberts covered in blankets as he waited for the ambulance)

Emlyn Roberts, 69, had tripped and broken his hip and back at approximately 12:30 p.m. on March 29 while walking in the town center of Colwyn Bay, North Wales. (Pictured: Mr. Roberts covered in blankets as he waited for the ambulance)

Chart shows: NHS ambulance response times for Category 3 calls - including uncomplicated diabetes issues - in England every month to

Chart shows: NHS ambulance response times for Category 3 calls – including uncomplicated diabetes issues – in England every month to

Chart shows: NHS ambulance response times for Category 3 calls - including uncomplicated diabetes issues - in England every month to

Chart shows: NHS ambulance response times for Category 3 calls – including uncomplicated diabetes issues – in England every month to

Another pensioner who suffered a suspected broken hip at Christ Church in Bath, Somerset on 25 March had to be cared for by the vicar – because his ambulance didn’t show up for 12 hours.

The man told reporters he was in “exquisite” pain as he lay crumpled on the floor when he fell.

The elderly man had to wait for the ambulance until the next morning, while his wife sat next to him on the floor, holding his hand the whole time.

Wait times for ambulances have reached unprecedented heights in the past year, with patients dying in the back of ambulances waiting outside hospitals last November.

The crisis is exacerbated by staff absences due to high Covid prevalence, but is mainly caused by skyrocketing A&E pressure.

Last week, millions of patients were told not to go to the emergency room unless they were in life-threatening condition.

West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts, which covers 2.5 million people, warned of waiting times of up to 12 hours in emergency rooms.

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