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For an ambulance crew arriving on the scene of a medical emergency, it's probably fair to assume that perfect parking isn't the highest thing on their list of priorities.
Paramedics tend to be more concerned about, oh, I don't know, stopping people from dying than with the intricacies of proper parking etiquette.
That's fine, these lads and lasses have got an important job to do. So, if they occasionally obstruct the odd driveway here and there it's not really any biggy, right?
Well, not according to one self-important homeowner in Birmingham.
A crew from the West Midlands Ambulance Service were assisting a man who was in a critical condition vomiting blood, when an angry neighbour stuck a moaning note to the vehicles windscreen, complaining that it was blocking his drive.
Sometimes we just don't know what to say. This was the note left on an ambulance today. At the time, the crew were helping a man who was extremely unwell after vomiting blood. They took him on blue lights to hospital where he was in a critical condition. #patientscomefirst :hospital::ambulance::dash: pic.twitter.com/RwCCVmZgrA
- WMAS (@OFFICIALWMAS) November 10, 2017
When the paramedics came back out to the ambulance, they couldn't quite believe their eyes.
The note read: "You may be saving lives, but don't park your van in a stupid place and block my drive.
From there, they took the patient back to Heartlands Hospital, although his condition is unknown.
Later, West Midlands Ambulance Service took to Twitter to share a photograph of the heartless not, along with the caption: "Sometimes we just don't know quite what to say.
"At the time, the crew were helping a man who was extremely unwell after vomiting a lot of blood.
"They assessed his condition and immediately took him on blue lights to hospital where he was in a critical condition.
"Our staff will always try and park considerately, but sometimes, there just isn't time. "
Speaking to the Mirror Online, a spokesperson for the WMAS NHS Foundation Trust said: "The patient was in a critical condition, but sadly we have no way of finding out what their current condition is as they are no longer our patient.
"The crew were on scene for less than 30 minutes.
"They blue lighted the man in and asked for medics to be on standby to receive the patient immediately upon their arrival."
Needless to say, the good folk of the internet were far from impressed by the note, which some branded "selfish" and "narrow minded".
Would they have stuck it on a police car .. some people are so selfish and don't think about the reason as to why a crew would have to do that.. I hope they see the posting and learn to be more respectful of a service that could save their or family/friends lives in the future
- amanda (@Williams1Amanda) November 10, 2017
That bloke is a pillock of the highest order. Next time he dials 999 tell him you can't get to him cos his drive is blocked.
- Wayne Howarth (@Koianu) November 10, 2017
Twitter user Amanda said: "Would they have stuck it on a police car .. some people are so selfish and don't think about the reason as to why a crew would have to do that..I hope they see the posting and learn to be more respectful of a service that could save their or family/friends lives in the future"
While Wayne Howarth commented: "That bloke is a pillock of the highest order. Next time he dials 999 tell him you can't get to him cos his drive is blocked."
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