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.