Ambulances being sent to wrong place

Some ambulances have been sent to the wrong place. Picture: Jane Barlow
Some ambulances have been sent to the wrong place. Picture: Jane Barlow
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LIVES could be at risk as thousands of ambulances are being dispatched to the incorrect address, new figures reveal.

More than 2800 ambulances have been sent to the wrong place since 2009, according to statistics released under Freedom of Information laws.

In July a patient in Edinburgh, who was suffering chest pains and vomiting, did not receive immediate help as the ambulance was sent to the wrong place – despite the call being prioritised at Category A. The patient’s condition is unknown. Poor local knowledge and failure to understand accents could be the cause, say campaigners.