A paramedic on call in the West Midlands has released photos of some truly shocking parking. Simon Wong, working for the West Midlands Ambulance service, tweeted photos of a Nissan Juke which parked so close to his ambulance, the crew were unable to get a stretcher in the back.
He wrote: "Attended a 999 call. When returning to ambulance with PT to go to hospital cars had blocked us in front & back despite us parking on double yellows with our rear light flashing.
Attended a 999 call. When returning to 🚑 with PT to goto 🏥. Cars had blocked us in front & back. Despite us parking on double yellows with our rear light flashing. Unable to get the stretcher on or off. #inconsiderateparking. It says keep clear on the 🚑 for a reason 😡 pic.twitter.com/alCK3Djjx9— Simon Wong (@wmassimonwong) February 27, 2018
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"Unable to get the stretcher on or off. #inconsiderateparking. It says Keep Clear on the ambulance for a reason."
The small SUV which blocked the ambulance displayed a blue badge, with the driver reportedly saying they were allowed to park there as their relative was disabled. "They didn't understand what the problem was parking so close to the back of the ambulance," Wong tweeted.
The crew did eventually get the car moved, allowing them to proceed with transporting the patient. Wong later tweeted: "The helpful public eventually found the owner who moved their car back a few feet to allow us to get the patient into the ambulance."
The incident comes just days after a woman hit the headlines for abusing an ambulance crew. Kirsty Sharman, from Tunstall, left a note on an ambulance that parked outside her home, telling the crew "You have no right to be parked here. I couldn't give a s*** if the whole street collapsed. Now move your van from outside my house."
Sharman pleaded guilty to a public order offence and was handed a £120 fine.