As Yorkhill Intensive Care was full on the day that Jacks heart stopped, Jack had to be transferred by ambulance from the RAH Paisley to Edinburgh Sick Childrens Hospital. Due to the fact that it was an A E ambulance, the amount of equipment and 3 paramedics, Jacks parents were not allowed to travel in the ambulance beside Jack. This was over an hour and half that they couldn’t spend with their son on his final day on this earth.
Since Brightest Stars launch, we have discovered that some hospitals have access to transfer ambulances. These allow the parents to travel with their sick child if space and staff allow so. Sadly, like Edinburgh Sick Kids on the day that Jack died, some hospitals do not have access to these transfer ambulances as they can cost in the region of £180,000.
Brightest Star is working with SCOTSTAR and this abulance is hoped to be on the road and funded by Brightest Star in the Summer of 2017.