A paramedic on a life-saving mission had a note stuck to their windscreen saying ‘do not park here’ on Saturday.
The first responder raced to help a patient with an allergic reaction, which could have caused their throat to swell – choking them to death.
The ambulance service said the medic had an official sign clearly displayed in the windscreen identifying the car as a first responder vehicle.
But after spending just under two hours treating the patient in Bodmin,Cornwall, the medic returned to the vehicle to find the hand-written note declaring: ‘Private car park do not park here.’
A paramedic on a life-saving mission to help a patient with a severe allergic reaction had a note stuck to their windscreen saying ‘do not park here’ in Bodmin, Cornwall on Saturday
Crews posted a picture on Twitter, describing what happened as ‘very disappointing’.
The tweet, from @BodminResponder, said: ‘Just cleared from the 3rd and final call of the day, a patient with a possible allergic reaction.
‘On scene for just under 2 hours then come back to the car to find this – despite the ‘Ambulance Service First Responder’ sign clearly displayed in the window. Very disappointed.’
They later said: ‘Further to the last tweet, the crew were also asked to move the ambulance whilst in the middle of treating the patient.
‘Why don’t people realise that we are there to help you, which sometimes means parking wherever necessary – we’re not here to cause an inconvenience!’
Locals were quick to reply, including a man who said: ‘Some people just don’t care – it seems that there is a volunteer there helping a sick person.
‘Just seems to be the norm now unfortunately’.
The ambulance service said the medic had an official sign clearly displayed in the windscreen identifying it as a first responder vehicle
Another added: ‘This is becoming a common problem. Some people really have no compassion.
‘If it was one of their loved ones or even themselves who needed I’m sure they would think differently about sticking a note on the window screen of the one who is treating them.’
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time paramedics have found nasty or abusive notes on their emergency vehicles over parking.
Last month Zain Ali Kazmi returned to his ambulance outside a hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and found an angry note pinned to his windscreen from a consultant whose illegally-parked car had been blocked in.
The note, in capitals, read: ‘Think about others before you block others’ car,’ and was shockingly signed ‘A&E Consultant’.
And in February, paramedics in Stoke were greeted with a handwritten note that said: ‘You have no right to be parked here. I couldn’t give a s*** if the whole street collapsed. Now move your van.’
The note was tweeted by a paramedic, who said the workers involved had also received verbal abuse.
Following a social media plea by West Midlands Ambulance Service a 26-year-old woman was charged with a public order offence and fined £120.