The daily backlog in dealing with emergency admissions in the Welsh Labour Government’s NHS emergency services has brought about an unusual walking “rescue mission” – carried out by Penarth Coastguard officers and Penarth RNLI lifeboat crew.
The casualty in this case was a woman who had injured her back in a fall last night on Bridgeman Road – near Penarth sea-front.
At Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Hospital at the Heath in Cardiff, ambulances – with patients in them – were yet again being “stacked” outside the Emergency Unit because of a shortage of available beds within the hospital.
The fleet of ambulances tied up at the hospital led to another “knock-on” of delays to ambulance emergency calls across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
In the case of the woman lying on the pavement in Bridgeman Road Penarth – in plummeting outside temperatures – someone had the brainwave of asking the trained “first-responders” of Penarth Coastguard officers and the RNLI crews to step-in to go to her aid.
The injured person was transferred onto a coastguard stretcher and carried back to the rather warmer Lifeboat station on Penarth Esplanade to wait for an ambulance to arrive.