Stonehouse teenager says ambulance response time was too late

A TEENAGER whose dad recently died of a heart attack has claimed that his much-loved father and community stalwart would still be alive if the ambulance service had arrived to attend him quicker.

At the start of the month Scott Birt, 19, received the devastating news about his beloved dad and Stonehouse community hero Dave Birt.

Read more about how Scott is fundraising to pay for his dad’s funeral. 

“I believe he would still be alive today if the ambulance service arrived quicker and attended the scene straight away,“ said Scott.

“At the time of the incident I rang him and he asked me to double check when they were coming.

“They came but he died at the scene.

“It’s not right at all.

“My dad was such an amazing man.

“He brought me up on his own, did the best job he could and always did everything in my best interest – he’s done more for me than anyone could ever do.

“All he ever did was help people in whatever way he could.”

Mr Birt was taken ill at his home in the centre of Stonehouse on the afternoon of Monday, July 4.

He called an ambulance himself just after 3pm before alerting Scott.

Scott says the ambulance did not arrive at his father’s home until 4.04pm – just minutes before Mr Birt died at 4.06pm.

A spokesperson for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) said: “On behalf of the Trust, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Birt.

“The whole health and social care system has been under sustained pressure for many months now, meaning patients are having to wait longer for an ambulance than they would expect.

“Our performance has not returned to pre-pandemic levels, partly due to the time it’s taking us to transfer patients from ambulances to Accident and Emergency Departments.

“We are working with partners across the whole health and social care system to improve this situation.”

Scott Birt has been fundraising to pay for his father’s funeral.

To donate, visit – https://bit.ly/3PHTFqk

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