Paramedics treating a critically-ill patient were stunned when they found a note on their ambulance criticising them for blocking someone’s drive.
The ambulance crew found the note on their windscreen after they had rushed a patient suffering a major internal bleed to hospital.
It said: “You may be saving lives, but don’t park your van in a stupid place and block my drive.”
The West Midlands Ambulance Service crew were treating a man who was vomiting blood when the note was left on the ambulance in Small Heath, Birmingham, at around 4.30pm on Friday.
Sometimes we just don't know what to say. This was the note left on an ambulance today. At the time, the crew were helping a man who was extremely unwell after vomiting blood. They took him on blue lights to hospital where he was in a critical condition. #patientscomefirst pic.twitter.com/RwCCVmZgrA
— WMAS (@OFFICIALWMAS) November 10, 2017
The service shared the note on its Twitter account, writing: “Sometimes we just don’t know what to say. This was the note left on an ambulance today.
“At the time, the crew were helping a man who was extremely unwell after vomiting blood. They took him on blue lights to hospital where he was in a critical condition. #patientscomefirst”.
Sam Grimson, a paramedic clinical team mentor for the service, said: “One of our crews encountered this delightful note after assisting a patient suffering a major internal bleed!
“The crew were not on scene long due to how poorly the patient was. We always try to park appropriately but sometimes it it not possible.”
WMAS paramedic Tasha Starkey said: “Crew alerted an extremely poorly patient to hospital… minimal on scene time, arrived at hospital to find this note… this patient was TIME-CRITICAL”.
After sharing the image, Twitter users voiced their support for the paramedics, criticising the sender’s selfishness and reminding them that they may one day need help from ambulance crews.
One day it might be them that needs emergency treatment. So selfish. Our Ambulance service do a great job.
— Gary Davis (@garyd0311) November 11, 2017
Would they have stuck it on a police car .. some people are so selfish and don’t think about the reason as to why a crew would have to do that.. I hope they see the posting and learn to be more respectful of a service that could save their or family/friends lives in the future
— amanda (@Williams1Amanda) November 10, 2017
Gemma Downes said: “Unbelievable. The mentality of some people actually baffles me. Let’s hope they need to call an ambulance for them or their family, they’ll have to wait while you do a perfect parallel park.”
Emily Burns said: “You [may] be saving lives but’. But WHAT? That is where the sentence ends. Or maybe end with a thank you, you are awesome, coz you are!”
This is beyond words
— Matt Carter (@mat1310) November 10, 2017