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Grantham Journal letter: Wait for help was totally unacceptable

Zach Selby and his girlfriend Chloe Tones, who performed CPR to keep him alive when he stopped breathing.

Zach Selby and his girlfriend Chloe Tones, who performed CPR to keep him alive when he stopped breathing.

It is wonderful news that Zach Selby survived his heart attack with the help of his girlfriend, a great story, but he’s very lucky to have survived a wait of 40 minutes for an ambulance.

Full marks to Chloe Tones for keeping up CPR for 40 minutes in the dark, patiently waiting for help.

The reported response time of 40 minutes to a reported cardiac arrest is totally unacceptable. Questions must be asked.

Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth is situated beside the A1, only eight miles from Grantham.

Where did the ambulance come from? Lincoln? West of Nottingham? South of Peterborough?

This level of service is lethal, and raises questions over health service cuts and Grantham Hospital in particular.

As if to rub salt in the wound, East Midlands Ambulance Service made much about the wonderful running commentary given over the phone, as if that is in any way a substitute for medical attention.

Everyone should know that the defibrillator which was available to Chloe to save Zach was nothing to do with the NHS or EMAS, but was inspired by community self help.

It was provided by Colsterworth and District Parish Council thanks to generous donations, and installed in a disused payphone booth gifted by BT. It is one of three provided by the parish council that are now operational.

If respnse times don’t improve, people will die.

The local community does not need lecturing by EMAS about members of the public learning first aid and self help.

Colsterworth and District parishioners are already good at self help, what we need is professional help, in time, when it is called for.

Do we have to start fundraising for our own private emergency ambulance?

Colin Russell

Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth

 

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