Dying Staffordshire Man Told By 999: ‘Call Back If You Fall Unconscious’
AT the inquest into the death of Mark Hemmings, 41, the court heard that he had called 999 for an ambulance. The despatcher at the West Midlands Ambulance Service refused to send help. They told Mr Hemmings that his agonising gallstones should be treated in an out-of-hours surgery.
For seven minutes he pleased for an ambuilance. Three times the despatcher refused. The call was recorded so we know he was told this:
“You could try a warm bath, hot water bottle in the painful area but if you collapse, become unconscious, unresponsive, faint, or become pale, cold or clammy it’s 999.”
The gallstones had blocked Mr Hemmings’ pancreatic duct and triggered a fatal heart attack.
Mr Hemmings did not ring back…