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BBC NEWS | England | Bristol | Woman dies after ambulance wait

A 43-year-old woman died after a three-hour wait for an ambulance, an inquest has been told.
Beverley Stillman's doctor called an ambulance to take the mother of two from her Warminster home to hospital in Bath for treatment for an abscess.
Despite a 999 call later, crews took three hours to turn up. Mrs Stillman arrived in hospital four hours after the original call, the inquest heard.
During the journey to hospital Mrs Stillman's heart stopped and she was declared dead 10 minutes after arriving at hospital.

If I dial 999 that is the service and hospital that will respond, eventually. I got a bit of a lecture once for rushing someone who was seriously injured into hospital in my car rather than wait for an ambulance - "Scoop and run" I think saved his life.

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Bloody awful hospital that. Damn near killed my mother a couple of years back.

Only one fond memory of the place. Going hunting in the trainee nurses hostels.

I am not sure I understnad the system there. Is 999 the emergency serice for the hospital and the hospital sends out an ambulance? Or is 999 a central emergency call center and it refers to the nearest hospital but, again, the hospital sends out the ambulance?

One last thing. Is the ambulance an independent business that contract for the municipality or hospital or something else.

Mark me curious from NYS

I am not sure I understand the system there. Is 999 the emergency service for the hospital and the hospital sends out an ambulance? Or is 999 a central emergency call center and it refers to the nearest hospital but, again, the hospital sends out the ambulance?

One last thing. Is the ambulance an independent business that contract for the municipality or hospital or something else.

Mark me curious from NYS.

I am not sure I understand the system there. Is 999 the emergency service for the hospital and the hospital sends out an ambulance? Or is 999 a central emergency call center and it refers to the nearest hospital but, again, the hospital sends out the ambulance?

One last thing. Is the ambulance an independent business that contract for the municipality or hospital or something else.

Mark me curious from NYS.

999 is the emergency services number, like US 911. The ambulance service is part of the NHS, but not part of the hospital. If you dial 999, the ambulance will take you to the nearest hospital with an A&E depatment, unless that hospital is dealing with a major incident and not taking any more patients.

This is what I like about the Haemophilia Centre in London. They told us not to bother with 999, or the local hospital, and to just bring her in. "Scoop and run". And if it's serious, they'll send out a helicopter.

The NHS is crap, and they've screwed us over many times but I hate to think what our insurance premiums would be in the U.S.

That's unbelievable! There's really a serious flaw in the Healthcare system if such things happen.

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