Forced to wait three hours for ambulance with broken hip

forced to wait three hours for ambulance with broken hip - MTG UK

Forced to wait three hours for ambulance with broken hip

War hero John Lorimer, 97, forced to wait three hours for ambulance with broken hip.

forced to wait three hours for ambulance with broken hip - MTG UK

AMBULANCE chiefs are to apologise to a 97-year-old war hero who waited more than three hours in pain for help to arrive after breaking his hip.

Commander John Lorimer, thought to be the last survivor of one of the most courageous raids of the second world war, is understood to have suffered a fall at his home on Saturday.

However it was three and a half hours before the ambulance turned up to take the great grandfather to hospital. The Royal Navy Veteran is said to have undergone emergency surgery on his hip on Monday.

At the age of 21, her was part of the 12th Submarine Flotilla – also known as the ‘midget submariners’ – which carried out a successful attack on the German battleship Tirpitz in September 1943. The operation saved the lives of tens of thousands of merchant seamen and reshaped the future of the war.

He spent 18 months in a German Prisoner of War camp before returning to Scotland in late 1945, where he was reunited with his wife Judith.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it would be carrying out a full inquiry into the “fully circumstances of the delay” which was condemned by Labour’s Monica Lennon and came two days before the country marked Armistice Day.

forced to wait three hours for ambulance with broken hip - MTG UK

She said: “It’s upsetting to hear that anyone in severe pain has been made to wait hours for an ambulance, least of all a 97-year-old veteran who has served his country and paid his dues to society.

“It’s right that the ambulance service has recognised that this is not acceptable but the real apology should be coming from Nicola Sturgeon.

“Her decisions and record in government have left our NHS and emergency services struggling to cope.”

Ambulance staff have a eight minute target to respond to the most serious emergencies, while other calls are triaged depending on the level of need.

Commander Lorimer lives in KirkMichael in South Ayrshire, where his son Patrick is also based.

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