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London woman waits 3 hours for ambulance

The ambulance service says its units were sent to patients with more serious conditions

By Simon Harris

LONDON — A woman who collapsed in a street in west London waited more than three hours for an ambulance.

She was found by an off-duty police officer slumped in a doorway in Uxbridge Road, Hanwell at 5:15 p.m. The officer alerted colleagues who called for an ambulance. It finally arrived at 8:30 p.m.

At one point the woman was being looked after by six police officers who covered her with a foil blanket. The nearest hospital, Ealing, where the Accident & Emergency Department faces closure, is just 200 meters away.

Full story: Woman's agonizing three-hour wait on the pavement for a London ambulance

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