Mum of two was ‘an hour from dying’

Lindsay Bowker, 30, of Chorley
Lindsay Bowker, 30, of Chorley
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A mum-of-two, who was just ‘an hour away from dying’, has slammed the ambulance service.

Lindsay Bowker spoke of her chilling experience after being rushed by car to hospital with severe stomach pain.

Lindsay, of Sherwood Place, Chorley, whose fallopian tube had ruptured, was bleeding heavily internally.

She did not know she was seven weeks pregnant.

She said hospital medics told her she was an hour from dying and that she had received life-saving surgery.

Lindsay, 30, who is recovering at home, praised staff who treated her at Chorley and Royal Preston Hospitals.

But the family has made a formal complaint to Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle after being told by an ambulance service operator that Lindsay was not a priority case.

The MP has called for a full investigation by the North West Ambulance Service.

The service said it told the family the patient may have to face a wait due to it being busy.

“The pain just came from nowhere,” said Lindsay.

“I’ve had two babies and it was worse than both labours put together. I was screaming.”

Lindsay’s mum Wendy Bowker phoned for an ambulance but was told there would be a one hour wait. In the end she drove her daughter to Chorley Hospital.

“When I saw the surgeon from Preston he said he’s never worked so fast,” said Lindsay, who was taken by ambulance to Preston. “He said you’ve just had life-saving surgery.”

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We understand that waiting for an ambulance can be distressing for the patient and their family and we are sorry that in this instance, the patient’s family is not happy with the service received.

“When received, all 999 calls are categorised within the control rooms, based on the information given by the caller, to ensure patients are assessed on the basis of their medical need, with those with immediately life-threatening conditions taking priority.

“In this instance, due to high levels of activity, the family were informed of the possibility of there being a wait for a response and took the decision to make their own way to hospital.

“If the family would like to discuss this incident with us, we would urge them to contact us directly so we can respond to their concerns.”