With permission of Real Whitby I would like to post this story about Ambulance Response Times in Whitby – This post has been written and posted by David Heselton.
On Saturday night (6th December) at Whitby Rifle Club, a member of the club in his 70s collapsed and fell onto the floor, and before you start thinking along the lines of alcohol, this particular man is an occasional and modest drinker.
There were other worrying signs of illness which I will not go into, but needless to say a member of staff called an ambulance, the call was made at just before 11.45pm, and eventually an ambulance arrived at 00.15am, half an hour later.
It became apparent that the ambulance had come from Scarborough, which begs several questions, for example how many emergency ambulances are on call in the Whitby area at weekends, or on a Saturday night, and where were they or it, on this particular occasion.
As it happened, the condition that this particular man had, turned out not to be life threatening, but if it had been a heart attack, then he may not be alive today.
Even more worrying is the fact that out of the four times that an ambulance has been called to the Rifle club in just over a year, the response time was half an hour in three of those four times, but luckily the one time it was life threatening, the response time was between 5 and 10 minutes.
Finally, I would like to point out that the two female paramedics who obviously rushed across from Scarborough were absolutely brilliant, very professional, very caring and good humoured, the fault here lies squarely with the YAS.
I am afraid our ambulance service is like Russian Roulette, you MIGHT get a fast response, you might not.