A frantic father today relived rushing his epileptic son to hospital in a double decker bus after the ambulance they telephoned was delayed.

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He was in the centre of Norwich dropping off passengers when his wife called to tell him about their son... and within minutes the bus was diverted and being driven to his young son’s aid.

Bus driver Ross Cork, 27, said: “I drove that bus down some roads I didn’t think I would ever drive down, I still can’t believe I did it.

“I keep thinking how lucky it was that I was in the city centre when I got the call. I could have been anywhere in Norfolk, but it just so happened I was five minutes away.”

When he arrived home the paramedic told Mr Cork that the ambulance headed for them was held up and that he should drive them to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in his bus.

Mr Cork, who has been a bus driver for five years, put his son, Riley, two, on the back seat, took the paramedic and his wife aboard, and headed for A&E.

Find out what happened in today’s Norwich Evening News.

19 comments

  • Get used to it Josh, nrg and others just see stories on here as a chance to have a moan. It's a perfect way for them to end the year!!

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    Horatio

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • HNY josh, I understand all about the chap saving his kin...What would've happened if the chap was bogged down in traffic or he'll had crashed on route to the N&N? The big scarythingy is why the paramedic attending had no mode of transport, if he's one of these cycling waste of space bods this is big shout to ditch such unworkable plans by our failed NHS ambulance service.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Horatio, thanks for the like..answers to your questions in order...nowt,done it, but I'll didn't use the side-loader, used my own car so no insurance probs....my main beef, as seem to have been missed by yourself, is the emergency response without no mode of transport...ban the cycling responders !!!simples.even for horn blowers.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • D'oh!!! True I don't drive a bus for a living, my rapid response for my lad was to leave the side-loader and use my own wheels,faster and all legal...now to the main thrust of this story, cycling responders can't do what it says on the tin...they have to turn for help themselves or the patient is put at risk..nuff said!!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Get used to it Josh, nrg and others just see stories on here as a chance to have a moan. It's a perfect way for them to end the year!!

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    Horatio

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Horatio,blowing your horn thrice...nice. I don't do fluffy...get used to it or don't read,simples!!!!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Yes, you are right, ban them all. What a cracking response.

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    Horatio

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Get used to it Josh, nrg and others just see stories on here as a chance to have a moan. It's a perfect way for them to end the year!!

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    Horatio

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Did he take the call whilst driving?? did his firms insurance cover such leisure diversions?? we should be told...more to the fact..WHY IS OUR AMBULANCE SERVICE GOING TO THE DOGS!!!!!

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    nrg

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • If the ambulance base at Longwater is anything similar to others it's not a wonder there are delays. The overloaded road network leading off the A47 and into the Longwater development becomes gridlock daily. I really pity front line ambulance staff who have to battle with this. In a normal world would we not place our emergency services in accessible locations, free of immediate traffic jams before they have even got out of second gear?? Seriously says something when a sluggish double decker bus can beat an ambulance. The guy has my support, his little boy was in his mind for the right reasons.

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    Urbancommander

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • O stop being a miserable jobs worth nrg what does any of that matter to you. Just take the story for what it is, have a glass of something strong and let the sheer outrage of a man doing the best for his family melt away and start 2013 on a brighter note. Happy new year.

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    Josh Helling

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • I wondered where my bus was.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Top Man! As a parent I too have been in a situation where I had to return to one of my children in an emergency and I know how it feels. I really do hope his employer is supportive of him and dont take the stance of discplinary action etc. The man did what was needed for his little lad with the resources he had available to him. This is a lovely story from the EDP to end the year on. Well done Ross and hope your feeling better Riley!

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    WordsWorth

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Hats off to Konectbus management for showing a bit of humanity - pity we have such a poorly funded run ambulance service. Usual story of too many bean counting 'suits' and not enough professionals on the road.

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    Tractorboy

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • You are such a poet, no one is asking you to be fluffy, what harm has been caused to you? Would you do the same in the same situation or would you check your insurance first. Just to help you out, the answer is NO.

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    Horatio

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • I wondered where my bus was.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Good for him.

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    Valpy Word

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Also, you have ironically missed the point. I clearly asked if you had been in the same situation, using your own car is not the same situation and certainly would not demand extra cover from your own insurer.

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    Horatio

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • As has been pointed out the main thrust of this article is that the ambulance trust had paid the wages of a paramedic who was powerless to do what was needed. Havent we seen this over and over this year-the paramedics are not in the vehicles that can get people to hospital where they can receive life saving treatment. A paramedic on a bike may be able to save a life when there is a heart attack,but in other instances the time taken getting a patient to hospital may be crucial for their future well being. We swallowed all the propoganda about paramedics on bikes and in cars being able to get to the ill in town centres quickly and did not realise it would mean fewer ambulances to get to old ladies with broken thigh bones or, potentially, young men bleeding to death trapped in machinery in a field . The EDP carried a Save RAF Marham campaign, we need a save our lives campaign this year, to force the N&N hospital to get its act together and the ambulance trust to come up with the number of ambulances we really need to cover a large rural area.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

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