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Woman dies in ambulance queue outside Swansea hospital

The patient was waiting in an ambulance outside the hospital Credit: PA

A woman has died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital.

The patient, who hasn't been named, died this afternoon at approximately 3.40pm after being transferred from another hospital.

In a joint statement Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service said a review is being launched into what happened.

The Emergency Department at Morriston Hospital has been very busy with a high number of ambulances arriving in a short space of time. Escalation plans have been activated and staff across the hospital are working closely with colleagues from WAST to keep delays to a minimum.

At approximately 3.05pm this afternoon, Thursday 17 September, a patient arrived via ambulance at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital from another hospital.

The patient was assessed immediately upon arrival and remained in the care of a doctor and the ambulance crew whilst waiting to be admitted into hospital.

Sadly, at approximately 3.40pm the patient passed away. We wish to express our sincere condolences to the patient’s family.

We will be urgently reviewing the circumstances to ensure we have a proper and full understanding of what happened. It is too early at this stage to comment any further.?

– ABMU Healthboard & Welsh Ambulance Service

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