Schoolgirl waited an hour for ambulance after fatal cardiac arrest


A schoolgirl who died after ready an hour for an ambulance in her GP’s surgical procedure might have survived if it had arrived on time, an inquest discovered at present.

Ffion Jones, 12, was rushed by her mom to Rumney Major Care Centre in Cardiff, on December 7, 2016, after she started vomiting and appeared torpid.

Whereas she was being checked on the follow, her blood stress fell so low it couldn’t be detected.

A physician known as for a speedy response automobile, which might have arrived in eight minutes, however was advised to name 999 for a daily ambulance.

She waited for an hour for an ambulance to reach, earlier than going into cardiac arrest and died later in hospital.

The inquest in Pontypridd reached a story conclusion and heard Ffion had Addison’s illness – a uncommon situation the place the adrenal glands within the kidneys cease functioning.

GP Dr Nicola Leeson stated she had been receiving coaching for requesting speedy response ambulances and had been advised to name a specialist quantity.

The physician first known as for an ambulance at 2.24pm however was advised to name 999 as an alternative.

‘I didn’t get the response I used to be anticipating so I used to be stunned,’ the physician advised the inquest.

Whereas ready for an ambulance, Ffion’s situation improved after taking Dioralyte however she later collapsed within the surgical procedure.

She known as the ambulance service once more to tell them the little lady was in cardiac arrest.

The physician advised the inquest: ‘Simply as we had been making use of the oxygen one other receptionist appeared to say that I needed to go and ensure it was an actual cardiac arrest earlier than the ambulance service would ship an ambulance.

‘I was obviously slightly distracted by the information I had just been given and was rendered speechless for a few seconds.’

The ambulance arrived at three.30pm and took Ffion to the College Hospital of Wales.

However the younger lady was pronounced useless the subsequent day, after medics couldn’t detect mind exercise following a collection of exams.

Nia Gowman, representing the Welsh Ambulance Service, stated they accepted there was a ‘missed opportunity’ to go the decision onto one other desk to request an eight-minute ambulance.

But it surely was argued that it might be ‘purely speculation’ to recommend this might have saved Ffion’s life.

Nevertheless, Assistant Coroner David Regan stated Ffion would doubtless have survived if Dr Leeson’s name was escalated and an ambulance arrived sooner.

He stated: ‘The call was not escalated to the clinical desk as it should have been.’

In an announcement, Jason Killens, chief government of the Welsh Ambulance Service stated: ‘We wish to prolong our honest condolences to Mr and Mrs Jones and their household at this very unhappy and troublesome time…

‘We are deeply saddened, as our service exists to respond to the needs of the people of Wales.’

A supervisor on the service stated modifications had been made since Fiion’s dying, particularly a 24-hour medical on-call system.


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