A CORONER has hit out at the East of England Ambulance Service for a series of failures in the care of Trudy Glenister.

The coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray, recorded a narrative verdict at the inquest into Mrs Glenister, 38, of Lee Lotts, Great Wakering, but blasted the ambulance service for the care they provided.

The inquest was told how Mrs Glenister, a mum of one, died from a heart attack caused by severe internal bleeding after two student paramedics took 40 minutes to get her to Southend Hospital.

The ambulance crew had been called to her home because Mrs Glenister had severe abdominal because of an ectopic pregnancy.

However, no urgent action was taken by the trainee crew, who failed to even switch on the emergency sirens and lights as the ambulance made its way to the hospital.

Mrs Beasley-Murray found there had been:

  • "Unacceptable delays" in taking Mrs Glenister to hospital.
  • No appreciation from the student paramedics of the "acute medical emergency" that confronted them.
  • Failure to use the blue lights and sirens, which should have been used.
  • Southend Hospital was not properly told of the seriousness of the situation by the ambulance crew.