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Friday 11 August 2017

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Ambo review as man left in pain Patient drives ‘doubled over’ in bid to avoid four-hour wait

LEFT IN AGONY: Ross Brown recovering at home with wife Coral and “best mate“ Charlie. (Mandy Oakham) 171522

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By Mandy Oakham A Drysdale man says he drove to hospital doubled over in agony after hearing he faced a “minimum“ four-hour wait for an ambulance. Ross Brown’s ordeal prompted Ambulance Victoria to launch a review of the incident, the service confirmed to the Indy. Mr Brown said a nurse on call told him he must go to hospital immediately after he found himself in agonising pain and unable to pass urine on 16 July. But he was advised the wait for an ambulance would take at least four hours, Mr Brown said. “I just don’t understand why it would take so long. After all, we’re only about 30 minutes from the city we’re not out in an isolated country area. COMPLAINT: Lisa Neville. “I just couldn’t believe it when the guy said a minimum of four hours. I told him I had no way of getting in there unless I drove myself.“ Mr Brown decided on driving to hospital to avoid the wait but had to stop several times along the way for fear of passing out at the wheel, he said. “It was hell,“ he told the Indy. “I had to keep pulling over because I thought I was going to lose consciousness. “My wife doesn’t drive and we’re new to the area, so there was no one around at that time of night who I could get to drive me in.” Continued page 3

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