A long line of patients have had to wait hours for ambulances in Hartlepool and East Durham


STAN Kelly is the latest in a long line of patients from Hartlepool and East Durham who have waited hours for ambulances to reach them.

Incidents that have made headlines recently in the Mail include:

• Peterlee Pumas forward Luke Leyland, 26, waiting almost two hours for an ambulance last Saturday afternoon after he suffered a neck injury during a match.

Again, the North East Ambulance Service said they were dealing with more urgent cases.

Pumas bosses slammed the wait time as “crazy” and say they will be writing to the ambulance service.

• The shocking case of Hartlepool man William Gouldburn.

Mr Gouldburn, 73, died after lying on his bathroom floor for two hours after he suffered a fall.

His death made national headlines after his inquest was first reported by the Mail.

Hartlepool coroner Malcolm Donnelly said the case could have been different if an ambulance had got to him sooner.

Town MP Iain Wright has written to health minister Jeremy Hunt and Mr Gouldburn’s family have launched legal proceedings against the ambulance trust.

• Dementia sufferer Mary Hockaday, 89, waiting nearly 90 minutes in agony with a broken hip for an ambulance to reach her in January..

Her disgusted daughter-in-law, Alison Hockaday, lodged a formal complaint with the ambulance service.

• Hartlepool Sunday league footballer Geoff Pearson, 28, suffering in agony for an hour and a half in freezing temperatures after breaking his leg in January.

• Seaton Carew player Paul Dobbings waiting an hour and a half for an ambulance after also breaking his leg during a game at Hartlepool’s Grayfields pitches.