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Woman's three-hour ambulance wait

Bridget Schumann
Bridget Schumann broke her leg at her Lincolnshire home

A woman has said she was left in agony when an ambulance took three hours to respond to a 999 call after a fall.

Bridget Schuman, from North Hykeham, Lincolnshire, tripped and badly broke her leg while she was at home.

She said it took three weeks for her leg to be put into plaster because it was so swollen as a result of the wait.

A spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said: "We don't have sufficient time to look into the detail to respond to this."

"EMAS is a 24/7 service. We answer 500,000 emergency calls per annum and that's our priority."

Mrs Schumann said she was frightened by the experience.

"What was going through my mind was, am I bleeding inside or have I damaged any of my arteries inside my leg because there's thrombosis in my family," she said.

EMAS added it would like the opportunity to speak to Mrs Schumann directly.




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