Nurse visiting dying patient during deep freeze horrified to find parking note - The Leamington Observer

Nurse visiting dying patient during deep freeze horrified to find parking note

Leamington Editorial 15th Mar, 2018   0

A NURSE visiting a dying patient in Leamington during the big freeze was horrified after returning to her car to find a note on it telling her not to park on the road.

The community nurse – who does not wish to be named – had ventured out with a colleague despite the treacherous conditions to see a patient receiving end of life care.

She said the road was like an ‘ice rink’ and the only place she could park safely was outside a nearby house.

But despite not blocking the drive, and even telling the homeowners they would not be long and were visiting a dying patient, they returned 30 minutes later to find a note slapped on their car.

It read: “Please don’t park here again. My husband made it clear that it’s private parking. I have a toddler and would prefer to park in my allocated spot, espcially in this weather.”

The nurse was angry and upset.

She told The Observer: “The road was icy and full of snow on top. It was like an ice rink. We parked there for our safety and then walked to the patient’s home.

“When we got back to our car the woman had decided to put this note on my windscreen.

“We were visiting a palliative care patient. It makes you mad and sad that when you’re trying to make someone’s final journey comfortable there are still people that think they have the right to say where emergency services and other community nurses should park when they are trying to stay safe as well as doing their job and saving lives.”

The incident comes barely a month after an over-officious housing saleswoman told an air ambulance pilot he ‘could not park there’ when he landed his helicopter on a Whitnash estate. The ambulance was answering an emergency call after a man suffered a cardiac arrest.

And last month a paramedic in Staffordshire found an abusive letter on their ambulance telling them not to park outside someone’s house. A woman was later arrested and issued with a fine.

Paramedics and medical staff have taken to social media in recent weeks to speak about an increase in abuse from members of the public.


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