No ambulances available when tragic one-year-old tot died outside Scots church

One-year-old Ivy Mae Ross was tragically killed outside the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in Balmedie
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No ambulances were available when a one-year-old tot was tragically killed by a Land Rover last outside a Scots church last week.

Ivy Mae Ross sadly died after she was struck by a Land Rover outside the Plymouth Brethren Church in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire last Wednesday night. But it has now emerged that emergency crews were left queued outside Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

North East Scotland MSP Douglas Lumsden said at the time of incident, ambulances in the area were “all stacked up outside Aberdeen Royal Infirmary” and unable to attend.

As a result, he told the First Minister the Scottish Ambulance Service sent its Special Operations Response Team (Sort), which normally deals with hazardous incidents.

Raising the issue during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood on Thursday, Mr Lumsden stressed those sent to the scene had done a “fantastic job”, adding he does not believe the “outcome would have been different if a regular ambulance crew was available”.

The site of the church's Balmedie base
The site of the church's Balmedie base -Credit:Aberdeen Live

But he said: “This tragic incident should be a wake-up call to the Scottish Government. Will the First Minister intervene and do all he can to stop ambulances queuing for hours on end to drop off patients at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary?”

First Minister John Swinney said it would have been “preferable” if an ambulance had been able to attend an incident in which a one-year-old girl was struck by a car.

Mr Swinney expressed his “deepest sympathy” to the infant’s family, and said not all the ambulances had been “stacked” outside the hospital, adding some crews were out on other calls.

He added: “Obviously it would be preferable and desirable for there to be ambulance crews available to attend. This is an important reminder of the importance of ensuring there is a very swift transfer of patients at hospitals to make sure the ambulance capacity we have is available to be deployed where it requires to be deployed.”

He vowed he will raise the issue with bosses at the local health board.

Ivy was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary but later died from her injuries. Last week the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church released a statement on behalf of Ivy Mae's parents Holly and Glenn.

A spokesperson said: "We can confirm that our beautiful daughter Ivy Mae passed away following a tragic accident last evening after our regular church gathering in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire.

"We are absolutely devastated and ask that our privacy is respected at this challenging time. We value all the prayers and messages of sympathy and support we have received from the local community.

"The emergency services tireless work and support is greatly appreciated."

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