Patient dies after helicopter delay

A crowd of youngsters by the North West Air Ambulance, which had landed by the De Vere Hotel, Blackpool, to transfer a patient to the Cardiac Centre at Victoria Hospital.
A crowd of youngsters by the North West Air Ambulance, which had landed by the De Vere Hotel, Blackpool, to transfer a patient to the Cardiac Centre at Victoria Hospital.

A CRITICALLY ill patient was forced to wait almost half-an-hour for the Air Ambulance to take him to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary when a man refused to move from its landing space.

Bosses at the service are dumbfounded by the actions of the man, who refused to remove himself from the vehicle’s landing zone on Sunday evening.

An elderly patient awaiting urgent transfer from Blackpool Victoria Hospital to the RLI was kept in an ambulance for 24 minutes while its aerial counterpart was trying to land at the De Vere Hotel’s helicopter landing site on the outskirts of Blackpool. The patient died at the RLI later in the day.

He had been taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but surgeons decided he needed to be transferred to experts at the Lancaster facility.

Air ambulance chief pilot John Taylor said: “We thought we were dealing with a lunatic at the landing site but it turned out to be a very aggressive Polish man who refused to move from the landing zone. He had also parked next to the gate access to the site.

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