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Irate homeowner abuses paramedics as ‘dumb**s’ for parking near patient's house during emergency
28 November 2019, 11:43
Paramedics responding to an emergency at a property in Hampshire were stunned to find a note left on their ambulance labelling them 'dumb**s' for blocking a resident's driveway.
South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust posted a picture on Facebook highlighting the issue that paramedics were faced with while responding to an emergency in Lymington.
The trust posted online that two medics, Zoe and Chris, were targeted with abuse when they parked as close as possible to a patient's home to treat them "as quickly as possible".
The Trust wrote on Facebook: "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. When our staff attend medical emergencies, they need to park as close as possible to the patient’s house in order 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 note left on the ambulance read: "Dumb**s! You are fully blocking my driveway!"
One person wrote online: "Unbelievable just hope that person is never the emergency they might be more understanding and compassionate. You all do a job for which most of us are incapable of doing. Thank you for all you do."
Earlier this month a similar incident occurred in Southend. A note written in bold black marker was left on an ambulance that said: “Don’t care if you are an ambulance you can’t block people’s driveways!
“Either ask or f**king come out when we beep the horn for 10 minutes.”