David only had a tarp and some umbrellas to shield him from Monday’s heavy rain (Picture: SWNS)
An 87-year-old who suffered a serious fall was forced to wait 15 hours outside for an ambulance in a makeshift shelter, his family have revealed.
The great-granddad, named only as David, broke seven ribs and cracked his pelvis in two places when he took a tumble at around 7.30 at an address in Cornwall on Monday.
His son-in-law Trevor said: ‘He was walking to the garage when he tripped and fell over.
‘We dialled 999 but an ambulance didn’t arrive for over 15 hours.
‘We kept ringing and they would say we will be with you soon. My wife was a nervous wreck.
‘They kept telling us not to move him so we borrowed a football goal from next door and used a tarpaulin. It was traumatising.’
Monday saw the start of heavy rainfall across parts of the UK which later led to severe flooding.
Photos show David covered in a blanket with only the tarp, three umbrellas and some bin bags to protect him from the elements.
David’s daughter said the paramedics who arrived felt ‘helpless’ (Picture: SWNS)
The family say they called 999 again four or five times throughout the night and were assured the ambulance would arrive ‘soon’.
David’s daughter Karen said paramedics were very apologetic and felt angry and helpless at the situation they had been in.
She told BBC Radio Cornwall she did not blame them but urged the ambulance service to avoid putting other patients through similar ordeals.
David eventually made it to Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treslike and is making a recovery.
A man claiming his wife is a worker at the hospital claims there are often more than 20 ambulances queueing outside the facility.
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been approached for comment.