Neighbour Leaves Savage Note For Paramedics While They Treat Dying Man
A team of paramedics had a savage note left for them by an uncaring neighbour as they fought to save the life of a dying patient.
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) staff were stunned to find a slip of paper under their windscreen wiper while they treated a man with major internal bleeding.
"You may be saving lives, but don't park your van in a stupid place and block my drive,' read the note.
They had been on the scene for less than 30 minutes to help the man, who was vomiting blood in Small Heath, Birmingham, last Friday morning.
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
"Sometimes we just don't know what to say. This was the note left on an ambulance today," West Midlands Ambulance Service said in a tweet.
"At the time, the crew were helping a man who was extremely unwell after vomiting blood. They trook him on blue lights to hospital where he was in a critical condition. #patientscomefirst."
The man later died in hospital, with his family saying that their loss had been made '50 times worse' by the note.
Individual members of the ambulance service also took to social media to share their shock at the note.
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WMAS paramedic Tasha Starkey was first to share an image of the note, saying: "Crew alerted an extremely poorly patient to hospital, minimal on scene time, arrived at hospital to find this note... this patient was TIME-CRITICAL."
Sam Grimson, a paramedic clinical team mentor for WMAS, added: "One of our crews encountered this delightful note after assisting a patient suffering a major internal bleed.
"The crew were not on scene long due to how poorly the patient was. We always try to park appropriately but sometimes it is not possible."
Crew alerted an extremely poorly patient to hospital... minimal on scene time, arrived at hospital to find this note... this patient was TIME-CRITCAL. :rage::rage::rage: @OFFICIALWMAS pic.twitter.com/uGGAC2TUpI
- Tasha Starkey (@WMASTStarkey) November 10, 2017
Staff at the rehabilitation centre Livingstone House, who had been caring for the man, said they were 'disgusted' with the neighbour's behaviour.
"This person deserves to be shamed," John Hagans, a nurse consultant at Livingstone House, told MailOnline. "If the person who wrote it had any idea of what was going on inside, they would not have dared.
"The resident collapsed in the home and was vomiting blood and our nurses and the ambulance crew battled extremely hard to save him.
"In that situation no ambulance crew should have to worry about annoying others because of parking. It's ridiculous."
According to Hagans, one of the care home's staff members spotted the note as they tried to help the medics take the man to the ambulance.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Tasha Starkey