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Kim will love this.

Some time ago Kim du Toit and others ranted about an appalling case of waiting for an ambulance - so when I first saw the story about the Countess of Wessex and her emergency call out all appeared fine..
from ThisisLondon
"Staff dialled 999 and an ambulance arrived within three minutes."

Hang on a minute! what is this in today's Times "A POLICE blunder forced the Countess of Wessex to wait more than 30 minutes for an ambulance to take her to hospital for an emergency Caesarean section, it emerged last night. " - this is the Queen's Grandchild we are talking about who have Police security with them all the time, living in the poshest bit of Britain and still the Rozzers can't organise an ambulance with in half an hour - what hope for the rest of us?

Ambulance for Countess delayed by police error
By Alan Hamilton
(The Times)


A POLICE blunder forced the Countess of Wessex to wait more than 30 minutes for an ambulance to take her to hospital for an emergency Caesarean section, it emerged last night.

A 999 call was made from the Wessexes’ home after the Countess, who suffered an ectopic pregnancy two years ago, suffered severe stomach pains on Saturday night.

Staff contacted Marcus Setchell, her gynaecologist, who insisted that she be admitted to the nearest hospital without delay. Police were immediately sent but the call was not passed to the ambulance service by the duty inspector.

When finally alerted, the paramedics arrived in 3min 45sec and the Countess was taken under police escort to Frimley Park NHS Hospital in Surrey, four miles away. A surgical team was by then on standby and delivered her baby daughter.

A Surrey Police spokesman yesterday apologised to the couple for the distress suffered by the Countess, 38, who was visited in hospital by her husband yesterday.

“We received a call at 21.59 from Bagshot Park security and it was passed on to the duty inspector, who believed an ambulance had already been called by the way the message was recorded.

“He immediately put into action the security measures surrounding the call of an ambulance and dispatched police response within one minute. An ambulance was not called. We will get this matter investigated and reviewed externally to establish what lessons can be learned for the future.”

The Countess and her baby were both stable in separate hospitals last night, but it is likely to be several days before they are reunited, Buckingham Palace said.

The unnamed girl, born a month prematurely and weighing 4lb 9ozs, is expected to remain for between two and three weeks in the specialist neonatal unit at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, South London, where she was taken immediately after her delivery. She is the first royal baby to be born in an NHS hospital.

The Countess is likely to remain at Frimley Park hospital at least until Friday, Palace sources said. The Earl of Wessex spent 90 minutes with his wife yesterday before returning to St George’s in the afternoon for a second look at his daughter.


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Well, it is a bit dissappointing that the ambulance didn't arrive earlier. But, yes, this sort of things happens ... we just have to think more.

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