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Driver Mistakenly Leaves Patient Locked in Ambulance for Five Hours

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Posted By: The Booze at 1:13 pm

2 Nov 2009


(I’m pretty sure that’s not a purple penis. Though the photographer might really like ambulances.)

Sky NewsAn elderly kidney patient was locked in the back of an ambulance for five hours after the driver forgot about him and clocked off duty.

The 65-year-old man was trapped at Sharston ambulance station in Manchester from the early evening until the middle of the night, Sky News reported. Staff at the patient’s care home contacted police after he failed to return from a regular hospital appointment in a non-emergency ambulance.

It is thought the driver forgot about the man after dropping off three other patients. Ambulance bosses have apologised in person to the man and his family.

“A member of staff has been suspended with immediate effect and the Trust has commenced a full investigation,” Darren Hurrell, chief executive of the North West Ambulance Service, told Sky News.

I could never be an ambulance driver. I forget shit in my car all the time…my phone, my iPod, my wallet, infants.

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