Patient suffered fatal heart attack in queuing ambulance
A patient suffered a fatal heart attack while waiting in an ambulance after it had queued for over two hours outside the accident and emergency department of the James Paget Hospital in Norfolk.
The incident earlier this week happened days after local NHS services declared a maximum alert due to acute pressures, when the district went to Opel 4 the previous week over fears of a compromise in patient care.
Operations Pressure Escalation Level (Opel) 4 is declared when a “comprehensive care” is unable to be delivered and patient safety is at risk.
Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said pressure was “continuing to mount on local NHS services” and called on members of the public to dial NHS 111 before turning up at A&E.
A spokesperson for the hospital said “Our thoughts are with the family of the patient who sadly died. It remains incredibly busy across the healthcare system – but our staff continue to do all they can in caring for our patients, despite the pressure they are working under.
A spokesperson for East of England Ambulance Service said “We would like to pass our sincere condolences to this patient’s family for their loss and invite them to contact us directly to discuss any concerns they may have.
“The NHS is currently experiencing high demand for our services which is having an impact on handover times. We are working closely with the teams at hospitals across Norfolk to support faster handover of patients.”
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