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Bad parking hinders ambulance from getting to sick two-year-old on time

Charlette Hind is criticising inconsiderate drivers after an ambulance struggled to get through cars to treat her daughter. Photo: ITV West Country

A mother from Cornwall is criticising inconsiderate drivers after an ambulance struggled to get through to treat her sick daughter on time.

Chantelle Hind called paramedics when her two-year-old fell ill with a fever. The ambulance struggled to access their Camborne home because cars had parked on both sides of the road.

Chantelle says she fears the situation could have been much worse.

I honestly don't know what we would have done. I would have run to the hospital myself if I thought it was going to save my child's life. We probably had minutes until something quite terrible happening.

Something needs to be done. People need to think."

– Chantelle Hind
Chantelle Hind's two-year-old daughter urgently needed medical attention. Credit: ITV West Country

South Western Ambulance Service are urging people to park sensibly and allow at least 10 feet for emergency services to pass cars safely.

They say traffic and inconsiderate parking are "significant challenges" to crews, especially in tourist areas where the roads are more limited.

We cover almost 10,000 square miles, from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. We serve a resident population of over 5.5 million people, with an estimated annual influx of more than 23 million tourists. We receive an average of 3,200 calls per day.

– South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) Spokesperson
South Western Ambulance Service say traffic and inconsiderate parking are Credit: Chantelle Hind

In an emergency, every second counts. We urge people to park sensibly and to show consideration for emergency vehicle access. Nobody would want an ambulance to be delayed by other vehicles when they or their loved ones are most in need of emergency help.

When parking, please allow at least 10 feet for emergency services vehicles to pass by safely. If there’s not enough space, don’t park there.”

– South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) Spokesperson