Two hours in the gutter waiting for an ambulance

Cathy McGreevy, who fell over in Kettering and had to wait more than two hours lying in the road for an ambulance to turn up
Cathy McGreevy, who fell over in Kettering and had to wait more than two hours lying in the road for an ambulance to turn up
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A 63-year-old woman spent more than two hours lying in the road in the rain waiting for an ambulance after a fall.

The revelation comes two days after East Midlands Ambulance Service revealed plans to close almost all its ambulance stations in the county.

Cathy McGreevy’s plight was only eased by the kindness of passers-by and police officers who waited with her until an ambulance crew arrived to take her to Kettering General Hospital.

Mrs McGreevy, of Latimer Road, Corby, fell over in Eskdaill Street, Kettering, during a shopping trip.

She said: “The length of time I had to wait was outrageous and I’m furious. No-one should have to endure that.

“It was traumatic and I hope it never happens to anyone else.

“I was lying in the road with traffic going round me. Someone covered me with a foil blanket and someone else got an umbrella from a nearby shop. People were very kind.”

East Midlands Ambulance Service announced this week it is to close every ambulance station in county, except those in Kettering and Northampton.

The service’s chief executive Phil Milligan apologised to Mrs McGreevy.

He said: “It is not acceptable that it took us so long to reach Mrs McGreevy and I would like to pass on my full apologies to her for the discomfort and distress she experienced.”