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big jo

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« on: June 02, 2008 »
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  • Sorry thought I'd respond on this section otherwise we will clutter up the questions for Steve. According to the doctor / coroner the guy had had a massive heart attack and there was nothing they could do for him and when he was found it had been quite some time since the heart attack, so no whether the ambulance came in 5 minutes or 50 minutes it would not have made a difference. But surely,that is not the point, when you ring 112 you expect an emergency response not to be told you live in the wrong area code!!!!!!!!!

    amunette

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    « Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008 »
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  • I find this very odd, as Tamaimo(Santiago del Teide) has an ambulance crew on stand-by 24/7. People sleep in the Centro Medico. That is why they shut down the Cruz Roja, as it was not needed anymore. Also, like the fire brigade, ambulances are not confined to their area .

    I think this is a misunderstanding somewhere along the way. I have asked my OH(who as regulars know is Canarian) and he confirms if Santiago del Teide's  ambulance is out on call, then Guia De Isora's would be sent automatically, or the next nearest.

    orange

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    « Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008 »
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  • It sounds odd to me as well. I know that there is a great deal of pride within the European 112 Emergency Community.
    I see no less in Tenerife.

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    « Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008 »
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  • It would be interesting to get a definitive comment(s) from what I beleive to be TWO people who suffered heart problems in the village on Saturday but in the meantime I wish both people involved a speedy and full recovery and every good wish to their families and friends.

    The silence from the councillor supposedly representing the British Ex pats is deafening.

    Does DD seriously believe that the council comes to a standstill when a few members take a holiday!

    big jo

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    « Reply #4 on: June 02, 2008 »
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  • I'm giving you the definitive comments for 1 person as he sadly passed away. We phoned 112 were told 10 minutes, no ambulance came, we phoned again were told there was no ambulance available and did we have a car, we said yes and were told to put the man in the car and take him to Alcala medical centre, the condition of the man made this impossible.Luckily I was able to stop a passing Guardia Civil patrol, explained the situation, they parked up immediately, came to the apartment, took one look at the man and radioed headquarters for an ambulance asap. They were told the ambulance was leaving Hospiten Sur and could be anything from 15 minutes onwards obviously depending  on traffic. Ambulance finally arrived, paramedic took all the man's vitals, phoned the medical centre at Alcala and was told to get there immediately. I am not in any way criticising the emergency services, the Guardia were great, the paramedics were great, very thorough, I am questioning the apparent lack of resources to be able to provide more than one ambulance for a highly populated area that is also the furthest distance from a nearest hospital ????             

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  • Thank you for that Big J, I'm just sorry for the person and their family.  As you know, rumours spread like wildfire in the villagee, but your story means that 3 people had problems on Saturday, thankfully the other 2 survived.   

    big jo

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  • You obviously chose not to respond to my other posting on the question forum , thought not, feeling slightly embarrassed now are we ?

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  • amibovvered.  I do not know anyone on the council other than Steve that can answer the question.  It WILL be put to him on his return.

    I must add that a friend of mine went to the doctors in Puerto Santiago last week as he had been suffering from chest pains.  Within half an hour he was in an air ambulance on his way to the University hospital.  He was operated on that afternoon and came out of intensive care yesterday. He's making a good recovery.  The family can't fault the treatment and care he was given.

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  • Thanks

    I do know who you are talking about and send J my good wishes or a speedy recovery.

    trebleniner

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    « Reply #9 on: June 09, 2008 »
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  • We stayed at the Barcelo Santiago last week (30/05-06/06) a poor soul had a fatal heart attack on the evening of 05/06 in the restaurant, the ambulance did seem to take an awfully long time to get there, but again I dont think it would have made much difference in this case.