After tending to a patient in serious condition, an ambulance crew in Birmingham was greeted with a vicious missive.
While paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service were treating a man in the back of their vehicle, a neighbor decided to complain about where the ambulance had parked.
Placing a note under the window wiper of the ambulance, the individual claimed they had parked the van "In a stupid place, which was blocking their drive."
This completely thoughtless message was photographed by the paramedics and then later tweeted out with an explanation and the hashtag #patientscomefirst.
As they should! We will ALL be patients one day!
The medics posted....
Sometimes we just don't know what to say. This was the note left on an ambulance today. At the time, the crew were helping a man who was extremely unwell after vomiting blood. They took him on blue lights to hospital where he was in a critical condition. #patientscomefirst 🏥🚑💨 pic.twitter.com/RwCCVmZgrA— WMAS (@OFFICIALWMAS) November 10, 2017
Twitter and everyone really, had their back.
Unfortunately there are some very selfish people in this world if are more worried about their drives, than others lives.— Nurse this that (@LongerSlave) November 10, 2017
Wow. That’s an awesome amount of ridiculousness/stupidity wrapped up with a bow selfishness!!— Hannah Stinton (@Stint87) November 10, 2017
Sadly and infuriatingly this isn't an uncommon occurrence.
Horrendous ! Paramedics who came to my daughter fitting when she was a baby,abused by a neighbour for blocking him in ! How narrow minded !— Sue Newsome (@suenewse99) November 10, 2017
Remember we once had a house chimney fire. End of terrace/next door neighbour more concerned firemen and hoses were 'trampling his dahlias'— Catherine Collins (@RD_Catherine) November 11, 2017
This is nothing! I've had someone follow me into a patient's house to have an argument with me about parking and then wouldn't let us leave scene with our resus pt until he'd got my details so he could complain!— Hayley Saffrey (@hletheridge) November 11, 2017
We should always respect our first responders. That seems pretty obvious.
The Mirror reported that the patient was taken to Heartlands Hospital in Bordesley Green.
A spokesperson from WMAS explained the events to the paper:
The patient was in a critical condition, but sadly we have no way of finding out what their current condition is as they are no longer our patient.
The crew were on scene for less than 30 minutes.
They blue lighted the man in and asked for medics to be on standby to receive the patient immediately upon their arrival.