On Saturday evening my wife's arm and chest started paining and it felt like someone was tightening a band around her chest.
Her normally low BP shot up to 210/110 and she had a headache.
This to me is a possible heart attack so I phoned 111. They in turn sent an ambulance.
We live 4 miles from the main Gloucestershire hospital but it took them 5 hours to get to us.
The ECG was clear and the paramedics gave her a spray of GTN.
She said it felt like the tight band around her chest was snipped off. This confirmed that it was angina pains and heart related.
The ambulance parked outside the A&E and waited 4 hours before wheeling her in.
She was in the hospital corridor and a bay for 9 hours. The doctor took 3 blood samples and 1 X-ray.
They found nothing and said her heart was fine and I had to fetch her. She did not get any discharge papers or medication.
She was not even given coffee or a sandwich during all this time. That's 18 hours without food.
Now I'm wondering what would happen if I had a cardiac arrest or something really bad.
Seems we have to live or die with this situation for some time to come. Scary thought.