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Patient dies after motorist refuses to move from air-ambulance landing site

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air-ambulanceA SERIOUSLY ill patient died after a motorist refused to move his car from an Air-Ambulance landing site.


The man was forced to wait almost half-an-hour for Blackpool's Air Ambulance because the man – believed to be Polish immigrant immigrant doing an exercise routine - refused to move from its landing space at the De Vere Hotel.

The elderly patient - awaiting urgent transfer from Blackpool Victoria Hospital to Royal Lancaster Infirmary - was kept in an ambulance for 24 minutes while its aerial counterpart was trying to land.

He died at the Lancaster hospital later in the day.

Police were required to remove the man from the scene.

An Air-Ambulance crewman said: “I just don't understand it. People sometimes obstruct the police because they don't like them - all we do is try to give patients the best chance they can get.

“The whole idea of the air ambulance is the time. Any delay is taking away the service we can give people.

“I spoke to the (Polish) man after we'd landed and he was very aggressive towards me.”

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police confirmed officers were contacted by the ambulance service in order to move the man on.

The Polish man was issued with a fixed penalty notice for disorder and it is understood his car was impounded.

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