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Amputee left in agony after police stop ambulance with no MOT on M4

Investigation to conclude today into incident near Newbury

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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AN official investigation is underway after police stopped an ambulance on the M4 near Newbury, reportedly leaving an amputee inside for six hours.

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) is carrying out an investigation into the incident on September 30 after police halted the ambulance on the motorway between Newbury and Swindon for having no MOT.

According to Walesonline, the patient inside the ambulance, a Dave Chalcroft, aged 53, of Pyle, Bridgend said he was subjected to the six hour ordeal,  while being transported from Southampton General Hospital, after having most of his left leg removed.

Mr Chalcroft, who had the surgery after developing a diabetic ulcer, was being transferred to Bridgend's Princess of Wales Hospital when police stopped the ambulance.

Police escorted the ambulance to Swindon and Mr Chalcroft claims he was left without pain relief for hours while a replacement ambulance was sent from Kent - 150 miles away.

An infection has since set in and Mr Chalcroft, a self-employed tarmacer, now faces further surgery to remove more of his leg.

His family, who have instructed solicitors on the issue, demanded an investigation, with the ambulance trust due to conclude its investigation today (Friday) and report the findings back to the family.

The ambulance trust has released the following statement:

"A private provider working on behalf of South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) did convey a gentleman from Southampton General Hospital to The Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, on 30 September 2015.

SCAS is extremely concerned to hear of the difficulties endured and would have encouraged the patient or his family to have contacted our Patient Experience Team at their earliest convenience with any concerns about his transport. We would encourage them to still do so now.

Before today SCAS had not been notified by the private provider of any problems with the vehicle or any disruption to the journey.

The Trust is now conducting a thorough investigation as a matter of urgency and will be liaising with the patient and his family directly to inform them fully of the outcomes."


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  • gritfit

    17/10/2015 - 19:07

    Solonge It was not incompetence by the police which is the problem here but the fact that a sub contractor to the NHS choose to use a vehicle which did not comply with the road traffic laws of this country. So if anyone is culpable of an offence or causing unnecessary pain to the patient I doubt it will be the police.


  • Solonge

    16/10/2015 - 23:11

    Sometimes I read these stories and wonder how the hell people manage to apparently function as a grown adult but commit the most incredible acts of total stupidity. Would it have been beyond the realms of possibilities to take down the details of the ambulance and allow it to continue on its way? or is that just too much like a sensible idea to even consider it? Poor patient, I hope his family sue the backside off the incompetent police who caused his ordeal.


    • gritfit

      17/10/2015 - 19:07

      That may sound sensible but consider this: No MOT therefore Insurance would have been void.What then would have been the outcome if the vehicle had been involved in an accident.?


    • MattC

      17/10/2015 - 13:01

      And if the Police had let the Ambulance in its way and it had been in an accident, caused by a failure that would have been picked up in the MOT ? I guess you'd still be blaming the Police. The incompetence lies with the private company that provided the ambulance, not the Police.


  • xXxkawaikurtxXx

    16/10/2015 - 16:04

    sux 2 b that guy