Sean Mansell had a medical history of alcohol dependence syndrome. On the 5 July 2021, the West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 19.23 hours from a neighbour of who reported that Shaun couldn't walk. The call was allocated a category 3 disposition which had a target response time frame of 120 minutes. An ambulance arrived on scene at 03.38 on the 6 July which was 8 hours and 15 minutes later and not within the response time frame. This was due to the fact that demand outstripped available resources.
A welfare call was undertaken at 21.28 hours by a paramedic who had been asked to go into the control room to assist with welfare calls due to the high volume of 999 calls outstanding. The paramedic had not received prior training on how to complete these calls. The welfare call was conducted with the neighbour. No contact was made directly with Shaun during the 8 hour delay which led to a missed opportunity to identify a change in his condition. When the ambulance arrived, Shaun had passed away on the sofa in his front room. There was evidence of blood loss on the floor next to him and around his mouth. The police did not find any suspicious circumstances. A post mortem examination found the cause of death to be acute gastrointestinal haemorrhage and liver disease due to chronic alcoholism. The medical evidence was not able to determine if the delay in the arrival of the ambulance contributed to the death because there was no certainty of timeline about the bleeding.
- There were excessive delays in handing over patients at hospital. The West Midlands Ambulance Service Serious Incident report found that there were excessive handover of patients at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, with some holding for over 4 hours. This impacted on the ability of the West Midlands Ambulance Service getting to patients. Oral evidence was given to the effect that this was a national issue, and not limited to the acute trusts within the West Midlands.
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