At a time when ambulance crews around the country are working 14-hours shifts, often without a break, the last thing they need is a member of the public leaving them an abusive note on their emergency ambulance.
But that is precisely what one South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust crew were met with when they returned to their vehicle, having just finished at a 999 call.
A post shared on the South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust Facebook page said:
“Sadly, this was what Zoe and Chris came back to on their ambulance after attending a medical emergency in Lymington, Hampshire, today.
“This sort of abuse is completely unacceptable.
Image Credit: South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust | Facebook
“When our staff attend medical emergencies, they need to park as close as possible to the patient’s house to get to them and start treatment as quickly as possible.
“Whilst they will always try and park without obstructing traffic or anyone’s driveway, it’s not always possible as the alternative of parking further away could add minutes to their arrival time that the patient they’ve been sent to simply doesn’t have.”
The offensive note received widespread condemnation from social media users.
Ellen Taylor wrote:
“Unbelievable just hope that person is never the emergency they might be more understanding and compassionate. Xx
“you all do a job for which most of us are incapable of doing.
“Thank you for all you do. XxX”
Selina Norris added:
“Hope they are feeling good about themselves!
“Very sad and shockingly selfish”.
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