A MAN died in Towyn because ambulances were too slow to arrive, his widow has claimed.
Steven Latham, aged 43, of Rhuddlan, died after a heart attack while on a family day out, spotting aircraft from Rhyl Air Show, on Sandbank Road, Towyn, at 4.50pm on August 31.
His wife Emma, 36, was devastated to hear from her GP in Manchester that her husband would have survived if the ambulance had arrived within the time it was supposed to.
Emma said it took the ambulance 40 minutes to arrive at the scene.
The couple’s two-year-old daughter Teegan was with Emma and Steven throughout the ordeal.
Emma said: “I am convinced my husband would be alive today if the ambulance arrived on time.
“To be fair, there was a first response car then in five minutes - but all he could do was give my husband oxygen until the ambulance arrived.
“I kept saying where’s this ambulance, this is ridiculous - I was panicking but I didn’t expecting him to die.
“He was fine up until those last 15 minutes. When we got to the hospital they pronounced him dead in the car park.”
Emma, who owns the Picnic Basket coffee shop in Rhuddlan, was distraught when she saw ten ambulances queued up outside Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, which she said were waiting to transfer patients into the hospital.
She said: “I couldn’t believe what I saw.
“I just don’t want this to happen to anybody else.”
The news comes days after the Welsh Ambulance Service revealed that ambulance crews have waited for more than 20 minutes on 40,340 occasions outside Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and Wrexham Maelor Hospital since January 2010.
A spokesperson for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: “We would like to offer our condolences to Mrs. Latham and her family.
“All our A and E departments are extremely busy, and doctors and nurses are working extremely hard to cope with and reduce emergency pressures, due to a high number of patients being admitted through A and E.
“We are working closely with our colleagues in the Welsh Ambulance Service and general practice to reduce admissions and to minimise delays.”
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We extend our deepest condolences to the patient’s family at this difficult time.
“We have received a formal concern in relation to this and investigations are under way to establish the circumstances of the incident.
“We are liaising with the patient’s family directly on this matter.”
A service was held for Mr Latham at Manchester Southern Cemetery Crematorium on Monday.