South Central Ambulance Service warns of potential 'serious consequences' after ambulance blocked in by Totton resident
POLICE were called to help an ambulance carry a patient to hospital after it was blocked in by a disgruntled resident.
South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) warned the incident in Totton could have had "serious consequences" and urged people to show understanding to their teams.
A spokesperson for SCAS told the A&T the incident took place just after midday on Monday when an ambulance was called to the property of a patient who was unwell.
She said: "Unfortunately, our ambulance was obstructed by a motorist while we were on the scene and we required the support of Hampshire police to enable us to leave for hospital with the patient.
"It is never our intention to cause an obstruction on roads but our priority is to provide quick and effective care and there are occasions where we are left with no option in order to get to a patient as quickly and as easily as we can and, when required, ensure a swift departure to hospital."
She added: "We thank people for their understanding in situations when we need to do this and would remind everyone that blocking in emergency vehicles and inhibiting our ability to be able to care for patients can have serious consequences."
Police confirmed they had been called to the undisclosed location after a driver blocked the emergency service vehicle, preventing it from leaving.
A post on the Totton police Facebook page said: "The driver has subsequently been given a ticket and advice regarding appropriate places to park.
"Please can we remind you all that the emergency services may have to at times park in a way where cars may not temporarily be able to go round due to their need to get to people who are in need very quickly.
"During these times, please remain patient."