‘Urgent Care’ – Yr Doin’ It Wrong….

Bystanders including an off-duty fire officer and a nurse assistant tried to give CPR.

The restaurant duty manager rang 999 and sent a member of staff to find a defibrillator.

Emma Newhouse, who was eating in the restaurant with friends, told the hearing that the McDonald’s worker went to the NHS Urgent Care Centre further along Moor Lane but was refused the use of their defibrillator.

Wait, what…? Let me look that up:


Speaking after the hearing, a Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman, which runs the Widnes NHS Urgent Care Centre, said the on-site defibrillator is for use in a “healthcare setting” only.

So…if they’d carried the patient to your doorstep instead of requesting the defib be taken to McDonalds, you’d have had to use it then?

She said: “We are extremely saddened by Mr Ainsworth’s death in April 2018 and our thoughts are with his family.

“It is important to clarify that the defibrillator at the Widnes Urgent Care Centre site is designed for use within a healthcare setting and removing it from the centre could potentially have put the lives of other patients at risk.

“For this reason it is not classed as a community defibrillator or held on the national defibrillator database of devices available for community use.”

The NHS loves its rules. Even if they cause the death of a taxpayer. Maybe especially if they cause the death of a taxpayer…

6 comments for “‘Urgent Care’ – Yr Doin’ It Wrong….

  1. john in cheshire
    December 20, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Was that timeless phrase invoked – Lessons will be learned?

    Isn’t it a crime to refuse to help prevent a death? It should be, just about everything else is a crime these days.

    • December 30, 2019 at 8:19 am

      It is on the continent. They have a ‘good samaritan’ law.

      Perhaps we can say not all is bad about Europe?

  2. Ed P
    December 20, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    These defibrillators are a bit of a joke – people believe the TV hospital dramas, in which almost everyone recovers after being shocked.
    The reality is very different, with a low success rate, especially in untrained hands.

    • December 30, 2019 at 8:20 am

      I believe the modern ones are practically little robots, doing all the work themselves. And any chance is surely better than none?

  3. Penseivat
    December 20, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    It seems that the newspaper report is full of names except that of the person who refused to allow the defibrillator to be removed. Perhaps that person should have been questioned, and be required to produce the instructions that the defibrillator was not to be removed from the building under any circumstances. As is usual with officialdom, no names, no responsibility.

    • December 30, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Sadly true…

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