THAT'S OUT OF ORDERLY; Wife Calls an Ambulance for Heart Attack Husband but a Porter in a Motor Turns Up

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THAT'S OUT OF ORDERLY; Wife Calls an Ambulance for Heart Attack Husband but a Porter in a Motor Turns Up


Byline: By Bob Dow

A HEART attack victim waiting for an ambulance was sent a hospital porter in a car instead.

Alan Woodworth almost died after waiting more than 90 minutes before finally being treated by medics.

Recovering yesterday at home in Sandwick, Shetland, he called for better ambulance cover on the island to prevent a tragedy.

Scaffolder Alan, 56, said: "The ambulance cover is atrocious and I have put in a complaint because I want better cover for all."

The grandad added: "The doctors and nurses at the hospital were disgusted and shocked."

Shetland has one ambulance serving the whole island at night.

It was on another call-out when Alan fell ill in October. As his chest pains worsened, wife Pat dialled 999 and was told an ambulance would take him 15 miles to hospital in Lerwick.

But when it failed to arrive, Pat called 999 again. A lone porter eventually arrived in a small car with no medical equipment. …

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