Rhyd Y Goleu man has ambulance service reinstated after suspension

Published date: 09 December 2013 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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AMBULANCE bosses have reinstated services for a man weighing about 25-stone after a two week hiatus, despite safety concerns raised by staff.

Frank Morris from Rhyd Y Goleu, near Mold, requires regular trips to Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan for medical treatments and for several years has been transported by NHS ambulance.

But these services were suspended for about two weeks as staff raised safety concerns about how he would be moved if the ambulance was involved in a crash.

After consultations with equipment suppliers about the safest way to transport him, it was decided this was by ambulance.

Mr Morris, 65, said: “I’d been going to the hospital by ambulance but then they said we can’t take anybody who weighs 25-stone or over.

“They were saying they might take my wheelchair by ambulance and I’d have to go in another ambulance.

“They wouldn’t take me and the wheelchair because it was against all the rules.”

Frank added: “I have been going to the hospital for a good couple of years and they started doing it in the last month.

“They said it was against health and safety rules.”

Mr Morris suffers with lymphedema, cellulitis and osteoarthritis, needing regular treatment for these conditions.

He has a specially adapted power wheelchair and had been driving himself onto the ambulance before being belted into place.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The safety of our patients is paramount to us as a Trust. Transport for this patient was temporarily suspended while we confirmed he was being taken to and from hospital in the safest way possible.

“During this time alternative arrangements were made to ensure his healthcare needs were met.

“Following discussions with the supplier of the specialist equipment on board the vehicle, we have now confirmed the method of transport used for this patient is indeed the safest method currently available.

“We shall therefore continue to respond to his healthcare transport needs.”

Mr Morris added: “I lost a renal appointment and they phoned up and asked why I wasn’t there.I had to explain it to her the transport problem.I also missed two lymphedema appointments.”

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