When you dial 999 / 911 and nobody answers.

The UK has moved into a dangerous practice at an national level when help is needed.
When calling for police, fire department, coast guard, and ambulance, the 999/911 emergency service is now putting people on hold before they answer your call.

So, calling for an ambulance outside of a city or larger township that does not have a hospital with an A&E / ER Department is very much a gamble. Certainly getting one within that ‘golden hour’ (especially for stoke victims) has proven to be impossible and has cost many lives in the little rural town where we live.

Golden Hour? The golden hour is the period of time immediately after a traumatic injury (including heart attacks, coma, strokes, sepsis, anaphylactic shock, as examples of serious illness) during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical and surgical treatment will prevent death.

Regarding medical care at doctors surgeries.
It is still largely impossible to see a doctor for a large percentage of the population as most doctor’s surgeries have grown (LAZY) and have become used to keeping their doors locked and diagnosing illnesses across the phone or by email.

In response to that, many citizens are using the ER (Accident and Emergency) departments and urgent care units as their first port of call. In hospitals that has led to 15 hour waits for basic treatment.

So where does that leave people. Especially in our little town.
Up the creek without a paddle comes to mind.
Or dead.

As preppers, we took the decision a long time ago to perform rapid first aid to the injured person, bundle them (if they are still breathing) into a car, and drive as fast as possible to the nearest competent Accident and Emergency Department.

For us that would be 50 minutes away (driving to the speed limit) or 35 minutes if we are thinking ‘fk the speed limit‘.

Madness? Not really.
If an ambulance was to leave from either of the two hospitals or ambulance stations in our area, the arrival time would be 40 and 50 minutes to reach us, and the same 40 and 50 minutes to get back to those hospitals. So much for the golden hour.

So, if we need life sustaining drugs and the doctor’s surgery or chemist is closed.
Or refuses to help (VERY applicable to our town’s surgery) and, if all else fails.

Bunny Keys

1 thought on “When you dial 999 / 911 and nobody answers.

  1. I’m just sitting here shaking my head. My Mom almost bled out in the bathroom of a hospital emergency room in the suburbs of Chicago back in the 1960s. (Sorry if I’ve shared this before.) Fortunately, she had my eldest sister with her–my sister had to started screaming at the top of her lungs, totally melting down, before they would care for my mother, who was so unassuming that she would have bled to death before making a fuss.
    I don’t think our health system is the best, but I don’t know if I would want a one-payer system either. I don’t think the feds would be very good at running it. The health insurance Marketplace is a real pain in the neck to navigate.
    On the other hand, when my daughter was in Japan for a semester, she had to be on their national health program. She was very well taken care of when she fell ill with a minor illness. (They take anything that is catching very seriously in densely populated Japan.) She was tested for flu and treated with so many drugs that she called me and wanted to know which of them to take! She ended up taking them all and felt better and recovered quickly–oh youth! The whole thing cost her under $40, including the office visit AND the drugs. Go figure.

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