Ambulance lost ‘vital minutes’ getting to sick boy as parked cars blocked housing estate

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Mum Stacey Bridges called 111 when her son Leo’s health started to deteriorate. An ambulance on blue lights was sent to her home, but paramedics struggled to get down her road

Stacey Bridges with her little boy, Leo

Paramedics rushing to get to an asthmatic two-year-old boy who was struggling to breathe were delayed because of the number of parked cars.

Ambulance crews struggled to get to tiny Leo, whose condition had deteriorated after being unwell for three days.

The two-year-old has asthma, and his mum, Stacey Bridges, began to worry when his temperature shot up to 40.2C and his heart hit 200bpm, reports BristolLive.

The trainee nurse dialled 111 and the call operator patched her through to 999 who sent ambulances on blue lights to her home.

But crews struggled to get down her road because of inconsiderate parking. When paramedics finally arrived, having lost “vital minutes”, they assessed Leo before deciding to take him to hospital.

However, once again, with their blue lights on they struggled to get back out of the congested route.

Stacey called 111 when her son’s health started to deteriorate
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Stacey, 24, said: “I had two ambulances turn up and both struggled to get to us because of the parked cars.

“Leo was really poorly and the parked cars cost vital minutes for us – and could for someone else.

“When they took us up to Bristol, it took the ambulance driver around five minutes to get out of the road because access was so difficult because of all the parked cars.”

Leo spent a day in the hospital before returning home where he is being treated with antibiotics and various inhalers. Stacey and dad Andy, 26, are nursing him back to health.

Stacey said it is not the first time the emergency services have struggled to get down their road because of parked cars.

“We have had to call out ambulances so many times in the past and every time it is the same problem with the congested roads,” she said.

“It’s an ongoing problem. Someone on the development had their house catch fire and the fire brigade couldn’t get through. Instead they had to park the fire engine on the corner of the road and run hoses to the property.

“Cars end up driving on the pavement just to be able to get through which is so dangerous.”

Stacey said emergency vehicles have struggled in the past to make their way down Hayward Village’s Glider Avenue, in Weston-super-Mare
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The mum-of-three believes there is not enough parking at the development and said “something needs to be done”.

“I can’t count the number of times we’ve had to call ambulances out for Leo this year,” she said.

“One day an ambulance won’t be able to get through and someone could die as a result.”

Stacey has put a message out on social media asking for people to park considerably across the estate and she plans to raise the matter with the local authority’s highways department.

The family live in Haywood Village, on the site of the former Weston Airfield – once a major employer in the seaside town.

The development – by Persimmon Homes – is home to a mix of young families, retirees, first-time buyers and private renters – many of whom live in Weston but commute to work in Bristol.

A spokesman for Persimmon Homes Severn Valley said: “We are sorry to hear on-street parking has caused difficulty for the emergency services at Haywood Village.

“However, the development has been constructed in accordance with the planning consent.

“All roads and parking have been built in accordance with North Somerset’s Highways and Parking Standards, which put a strong emphasis on emergency service access.

“We will liaise with the local authority to see what further actions can be taken to improve access at the development.”



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