Ambulance ‘too busy’ to respond to ill Doncaster great-grandmother

CONCERN: Polly Horne, 84, pressed her home alarm which she felt she needed an ambulance. Picture: Andrew Roe

CONCERN: Polly Horne, 84, pressed her home alarm which she felt she needed an ambulance. Picture: Andrew Roe

0
Have your say

A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER fears more lives could be at risk - after claiming she was told emergency services were “too busy” to send an ambulance.

Polly Horne, 84, who suffers from chronic asthma, was hospitalised for four days and needed oxygen support when doctors discovered she was suffering from pneumonia.

But an ambulance never arrived to take Mrs Horne to Doncaster Royal Infirmary when she was taken ill in the early hours of the morning.

Instead her friend Doric Wood, also 84, was forced to drive her to hospital himself.

Health bosses have launched an investigation and promised to change any mistakes they identify after being told by the Free Press about Mrs Horne’s case.

Former pub landlady Mrs Horne, of East Lane, Stainforth, said: “I’m concerned for my own safety and the safety of thousands of other elderly people across Doncaster.”

* See this week’s Free Press for full story.