Ambulance Service Apologises To Family Of Great Grandfather

West Midlands Ambulance Service has apologised to the family of a 91-year-old great grandfather who died after waiting 10 hours for paramedics to arrive when he broke his hip following a fall.

Don Mansell, from Shrewsbury, lost his balance and fell onto the concrete floor in the kitchen of his home on November 28.

A newspaper outlet reported that his daughter Sue Beesty, who’d been visiting her father at the time, called an ambulance just after 2.30 pm, but it wasn’t until the early hours of the morning the next day that paramedics arrived.

Sue Beesty said that during the 10-hour wait, her father was in so much agony and he kept saying it must be my turn for the ambulance.

Once paramedics arrived, Mr Mansell, a great grandfather of five and an ex carpenter, was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where his condition worsened and he passed away days later on December 3.

Mrs Beesty is now calling for the Government to stop ambulance delays in the country and blames a lack of funding for the emergency services for the wait.

She told the newspaper that her husband and herself had just arrived to see him on Sunday afternoon and that he was standing facing the countertop and he turned 90 degrees and lost his balance, landing on the concrete floor.

She said that she rang for an ambulance just after 2.30 pm but it was the early hours of the morning the next day before the ambulance arrived, but all that time that he was lying there in agonising pain and he was in so much pain, he kept saying about the ambulance and that it must be his turn.

She said that it was awful because she couldn’t do anything, but they were advised not to move him or to allow him to drink because he might have to have an operation.

She said that when he got to the hospital he was listed for an operation but then they said his heart was too weak.

Mr Mansell later died on December 3 after his health declined in hospital.

More than 10,000 people waited 12 plus hours to be seen in A&E last month, damning official figures revealed last week as the health services buckled under the pressure of pandemic backlogs.

Health bosses claim that the NHS is fighting multiple problems at once, with staff deficiencies, winter pressures, pandemic backlogs and COVID all adding to the pressure on the health system.

This poor man was left without anything to drink because his daughter was told not to give him any fluid. This was a 91-year-old man and by the time he got to the hospital, he was probably dehydrated and because she was instructed not to give him any liquids, after 10 hours his kidneys wouldn’t have been able to function properly, especially at his age.

Even after 8 hours with no fluids, you would become dehydrated, and not only that because he couldn’t get up to go to the toilet, well you can imagine what must have happened – that’s if he could even go to the toilet because he would have been so dehydrated, and there’s only one word for this – disgraceful.

We all pay into a system for this kind of thing. I understand that there’s a crisis, but our Government should have been prepared for this. That’s why it’s called a contingency plan for when something goes wrong, and if there was no contingency plan, then where the hell is our money going to and on what because it’s definitely not the NHS service, that’s for sure!

Published by Angela Lloyd

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