A Perth family is devastated after an 80-year-old grandmother died while waiting two and a half hours for an ambulance.
Georgina Wild collapsed and died alone in the driveway of her home, where she had been waiting two and a half hours for an ambulance.
The St John Ambulance call centre left a message on her answering machine, but she had already died.
On Sunday, the grandmother called triple zero at 2:30 a.m. complaining of chest pains. The job was designated as a Priority 1 emergency, which meant that an ambulance should arrive at her home within 15 minutes.
She was then called back for a welfare check advised by the call centre that there were no ambulances available.
At 3.30am, the call centre told her the same thing.
Then at 4am, she didn’t answer the call.
When the paramedics arrived at the Ashby home in Perth’s north, they found her lifeless body on her sofa with her television still on and the front door unlocked.
She died of a suspected heart attack.