Elderly woman dies of pneumonia waiting an hour for ambulance in pouring rain

Elderly woman dies of pneumonia waiting an hour for ambulance in pouring rain

[Ed. – Sounds like rationing. Good thing we’ll never have to worry about that.]

A pensioner died of pneumonia after waiting in the rain for an ambulance to arrive for more than an hour after a back garden fall, an inquest heard.

Rachel Wilson, 84, broke her right hip after taking a tumble while bringing in some clothes from the washing line during a downpour.

The pensioner lay in the rain for 65 minutes before an ambulance crew arrived and ferried her to hospital.

Rachel died two days later.

A postmortem examination revealed the cause of death was pneumonia and a broken hip.

Ambulance chiefs said demand for crews was high that day and Rachel was categorised as less urgent than some other cases. [Emphasis added]


When no help had arrived by 2pm [her daughter] Margaret contacted the emergency services again.

Margaret told the Plymouth hearing on Friday: “I said to them, ‘It’s raining and she’s lying on a cold hard floor’.”

But she said the call handler explained they were still within their 30-minute target time.

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