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Ambulance service describe "dumbass" note as completely unacceptable

A note which was left on an ambulance attending an emergency in Lymington in Hampshire - has been described by the service as completely unacceptable.

The note which read "Dumbass! You are fully blocking my driveway!" was left on an ambulance which was parked, while paramedics dealt with a medical emergency.

South Central Ambulance Service has now shared a photo of the note - saying "this sort of abuse is completely unacceptable."

The note was left on an ambulance attending an emergency in Lymington Credit: South Central Ambulance Service

In a Facebook post SCAS said, "Sadly, this was what Zoe and Chris came back to on their ambulance after attending a medical emergency in Lymington, Hampshire, today.

"This sort of abuse is completely unacceptable. When our staff attend medical emergencies, they need to park as close as possible to the patient’s house in order to get to them and start treatment as quickly as possible.

"Whilst they will always try and park without obstructing traffic or anyone’s driveway, it’s not always possible as the alternative of parking further away could add minutes to their arrival time that the patient they’ve been sent to simply doesn’t have."

Two ambulances operating for South Central Ambulance Service Credit: ITV Meridian

"It's very sad and disappointing that a member of the public felt the need to leave a note like this on one of our ambulances that was responding to an emergency. Our staff do think about where they are parking, but they also think about needing to move the patient out of the property in the quickest and safest way if they need to go to hospital.

"We would ask the public to think about if it was their family member or loved one that we were going to, I'm sure they would want us to park as near as possible in order to start treatment as soon as possible."

– Paul Jefferies, assistant director of operations

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, and Sussex and Surrey for NEPTS - a population of more than 7 million.

The emergency operations centres handle around half a million emergency and urgent calls each year.