An ambulance on a 999 dash to hospital picked up two hitchhikers en route, a patient has claimed.
Glenn Buscombe, 60, was suffering from a blood clot and was on his way to hospital when his ambulance stopped to pick up a stranded couple.
The woman reportedly climbed in the back while her boyfriend got in the front.
According to The Sun, Mr Buscombe said: "It was a race against time. I couldn't believe it.
"The couple looked like they'd had a few beers and missed their lift home.
"My toes were going black and the woman asked what was wrong with me. I said, 'how the hell do I know – I haven't been to hospital yet'.
"The paramedic in the back with me looked as confused as I was."
The retired carpenter, who is now recovering at home in Polperro, Cornwall, said the pair were dropped off at a garage in Saltash.
The ambulance then went on to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital.
According to the Metro, a South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said they were investigating, adding: "The Trust takes all complaints seriously."
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