Postman with 'broken ribs' had to lie down on pavement for five hours before ambulance arrived

Concerned neighbors on the route called the East Midlands Ambulance Service around four times before one finally got there more than five hours later.


                            Postman with 'broken ribs' had to lie down on pavement for five hours before ambulance arrived

A postman was left with serious injuries after falling down a flight of stairs while on his rounds. He was unfortunately forced to lie on the pavement for more than five hours till the ambulance arrived. The postman, whose identity was not revealed, had suffered from cracked ribs after falling from the steps.

Concerned neighbors on the route called the East Midlands Ambulance Service around four times before one finally got there more than five hours later.

The accident took place in Louth, East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England at about 10:30 am on November 10. It wasn't until 4 pm, however, that the man got any form of medical attention. A resident who lives on the route the postman takes, Mark Barford, told the Grimsby Telegraph: "It was pretty shocking how long it took for an ambulance to arrive."



 

Barford continued: "He was obviously in a lot of pain and didn't want to use a car or taxi to get to hospital. People were bringing out quilts and duvets to keep him warm, and then it started raining so we used umbrellas. We chased the ambulance four times; it was only on the final call that they said they would classify him as a priority. We didn't want to move him ourselves in case he had spinal injuries - it was disgusting how he was treated."

The postman is thought to have slipped down a few steps at an address on his route. He told the concerned neighbors who were helping him through the incident that he thought he had broken at least a couple of his ribs.

Residents of the area stayed with the man to keep a watch on him and make sure he was ok till the ambulance arrived. This was especially crucial because it started raining at around 3 pm.