Cornwall Live has reported on the inquest of well-loved local musician, Ian MacDonald from Stratton, aged 60, who in February suffered severe injuries crossing the A39 after a collision. An inquest is an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding a death.
We are sharing the information here because it raised questions about the ambulance service in Bude, which was deemed by Mr MacDonald’s partner to be ‘not fit for purpose’. The time between the crash and arrival at Derriford Hospital was close to three hours.
Ian’s car had veered across the road (A39) into the path of an incoming Mini. It is thought he may have suffered a medical emergency, as he suffered type 1 diabetes, and his blood sugar level had dropped. Ultimately, on the way to hospital, he sadly suffered a cardiac arrest. More information is in the Cornwall Live article.
The newspaper wrote:
After the crash an air ambulance was called, but it couldn’t launch due to the bad weather.
Instead a road ambulance was dispatched, arriving at the scene around an hour after the incident – although a doctor and paramedic had arrived within 30 minutes.
It then took an hour and 40 minutes for Ian to be transported to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, by which point he had died.
Ian’s partner, Teresa Stabb, questioned ambulance provision in the Bude area, saying she did not want to see something like this happen again. The coroner, Mr Covell, said he found no evidence in relation to lack of adequate ambulance provision in the area.
All condolences remain with Ian’s family and friends during what has been a traumatic year for them.