Paramedics left upset by ‘rude’ note left on ambulance complaining about where it was parked

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
The note left on an ambulance complained about where it had parked (PA)

An ambulance crew in Leicester were stunned to find a note from a disgruntled resident complaining about parking left on their vehicle.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said they responded to a genuine emergency, during which a note was put on the windscreen.

The handwritten note said the ambulance had been blocking the neighbour’s driveway for 45 minutes but EMAS said the vehicle was parked ‘as considerately as possible’.

The service has now asked for anybody with a problem to speak to them directly if they urgently need to leave their house and their access is blocked as rude notes ‘upsets’ staff.

Lee Brentnall, Paramedic and Ambulance Operations Manager for Leicestershire said: ‘It is so disappointing to see that a rude note has yet again been left on one of our ambulances.

‘This upsets our dedicated ambulance crews when they are trying to help our patients and do their job.

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‘Leaving a note will not resolve the situation as we are unlikely to see it until we are leaving in the ambulance to take the patient to hospital or to go to our next job.’

After the note was posted on Twitter, people quickly jumped to the crew’s defence, offering their own drives whenever they needed it:

Earlier this year, Kirsty Sharman was fined £120 after she admitted telling paramedics to ‘move your f******g van’ and leaving a foul-mouthed note on their ambulance when they parked outside her house in Stoke-on-Trent.

Ms Brentnall said that paramedics will try to move their vehicle whenever possible.

He continued: ‘Our crews are approachable. If you genuinely need to leave your house urgently and we are blocking your access, please come and knock on the door where the emergency is taking place.

Kirsty Sharman was fined for leaving an abusive note on an ambulance in February

‘Sometimes we will be able to move the vehicle, for example if we are treating a patient but they do not need both of us there at the time.

‘However, there will be times that we are treating someone experiencing a life-threatening and time-critical emergency and moving our ambulance will not be our priority.

‘In these cases, you will need to be patient as we try to save someone’s life.’