Sunday 18 November, 2018

GMRTT: Ambulance arrived on George St in 11 minutes

Contrary to claims made by a bystander of a 45-minute wait by emergency responders, CEO of Global Medical Response of Trinidad and Tobago (GMRTT) Paul Anderson said an ambulance responded within 11 minutes to assist an elderly woman on George Street, Port of Spain, earlier this week.

Speaking to LoopTT Anderson said that the GMRTT ambulance service responded in 11 minutes and 43 seconds after a distress call was made by police officers regarding an 81-year-old woman who was having an asthma attack.

Adrey Mills, of Prizgar Lands, Laventille, suffered an asthma attack and was being conveyed to the hospital when the car in which she was travelling got into an accident on George Street, Port of Spain.

Mills passed away at the scene and an autopsy is being conducted to ascertain the cause of death.

Anderson said GMRTT received the call around 5:44 pm on Sunday and an ambulance was immediately sent to assist, arriving within minutes. 

The call was made by police officers who initially arrived at the scene.

Anderson said GMRTT's response time is usually within this range or less.

“GMRTT’s response time is usually within that range or shorter and is compliant with our contract with the Ministry of Health,” Anderson said.

GMRTT, which is the national EMS provider for Trinidad, uses a combination of station-based and roving ambulance deployment strategies to ensure timely and reliable responses to medical emergencies. 

Claims were initially made by bystander Devon Welch, who recorded a live video on social media on Sunday, saying that the ambulance took 45 minutes to arrive.

The bystander also claimed that although police officers arrived first they were unable to convey the woman to the hospital, which was a few streets away. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said it is reviewing the incident.


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