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What's the done thing - ambulance blocking me in

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rightsofwomen Sun 22-Oct-17 09:40:35

Ambulance (no flashing lights) outside blocking me (and 5 neighbours) in.

Need to leave (non urgent) in 10 mins.
I can’t ask them to move, can I?

BlondeB83 Sun 22-Oct-17 09:41:39

I would wait it out if it’s non-urgent.

rightsofwomen Sun 22-Oct-17 09:42:34

Well it’s taking DS to cinema, so non urgent but obv time limited.

ArseholesOnToast Sun 22-Oct-17 09:42:39

It might be gone soon. I think I'd just wait it out if my trip was non-urgent.

BeingATwatItsABingThing Sun 22-Oct-17 09:43:29

Can you beg a lift from someone not blocked in?

DottyDotAgain Sun 22-Oct-17 09:44:33

This happens to me quite a bit because next to our house is a set of sheltered accommodation houses, so the ambulances park across our drive if they need to visit one of the residents. I ask them if they're OK to move and they always do - not unreasonable if they're not flashing lights/ in the middle of an emergency! So I'd go and ask them but make sure it's not at the last minute as it might take them a few minutes to sort themselves out and move it!

piknmixer Sun 22-Oct-17 09:45:18

Happens to us a lot. Our elderly neighbour has fairly regular falls and the ambulance often parks blocking our drive.

Last time we just called through the open door to ask if everything was ok, ambulance driver came out and said she was fine. I just asked if he'd mind moving the ambulance so I could get to work and he did.

Hope your neighbour is ok.

piknmixer Sun 22-Oct-17 09:46:09

The open door of the house btw, she wasn't in the ambulance.

rightsofwomen Sun 22-Oct-17 09:46:40

I don’t know which house they are in.
Giving DS a lesson in compassion and priorities.

ThePeanutGallery Sun 22-Oct-17 09:48:06

If you know where they are politely go and ask them to move. If it's non-urgent I'm sure they'll be happy to.

123bananas Sun 22-Oct-17 09:48:14

Just knock on the door and politely ask if they are able to move. There are many reasons for an ambulance to attend and some non-emergency situations can take crew a long time to sort.

Gunpowder Sun 22-Oct-17 09:49:10

If there are no flashing lights i’d Politely ask them to move

rightsofwomen Sun 22-Oct-17 09:51:45

Just knocked on one door, think I can see people inside (didn’t want to stare) but no answer. Think I’ll leave it.

Off for 2 weeks with work tomorrow and this was mama son treat. We shall make a cake.

notanotherNC Sun 22-Oct-17 09:52:02

I had this this other day but with the police. I didn't know which house they were in, so beeped my horn, just the one, quickly. I didn't go down well at all sad If fact I got a lesson in correct usage.

Crunchymum Sun 22-Oct-17 09:52:28

Does no flashing lights mean non emergency? Or just that it's not life and death.

I'd be inclined to wait. Ambulances don't attend for no reason?

Is there is a later showing? Can you call cinema and explain?

youarenotkiddingme Sun 22-Oct-17 09:56:18

I wasn't aware stationary ambulances flashed lights to indicate seriousness of their attendance? Feels a bit like giving the curtain twitchers a bit too much info to me!

Can you attend the cinema later? If not can you walk/taxi. Remember films usually start about 20 minutes after advertised time.

PurpleStarInCashmereSky Sun 22-Oct-17 09:56:36

Oh dear what a shame. Good lesson for your DS though.

flyingpigsinclover Sun 22-Oct-17 09:58:05

I would wait. It's a shame for your DS but it's a useful life lesson. It's lovely that you've recognised that instead of being all angry like some would.
I hope you get to the film on time.

JustMumNowNotMe Sun 22-Oct-17 09:59:03

Why can't you just see a later showing?! confused

Ambulances don't use flashing lights when stationary in a residential area, so you've no idea how serious it is. Please don't go knocking when you really don't need to.

riseandfall Sun 22-Oct-17 09:59:18

I thought the lights were to get traffic out of the way quickly rather than when they have actually arrived so not sure if seriousness indicated by lack of lights when stationary. Could you get a cab to the cinema?

rightsofwomen Sun 22-Oct-17 09:59:37

It’s true, it may serious, we live rurally so siren maybe not needed.

Can’t go to later showing and not forking out for taxi. It’s not the end of the world.

Still got a small time buffer.

YogiYoni Sun 22-Oct-17 09:59:42

Call a taxi so you can still take your son?

rightsofwomen Sun 22-Oct-17 10:00:16

It’s just gone! GO GO GO!

MagentaRocks Sun 22-Oct-17 10:00:30

The flashing lights stop once they get to the patient. So not having lights on doesn't mean it isn't serious.

Aintgotnosoapbox Sun 22-Oct-17 10:00:44

The unwell patient is probably inside being assessed. Not sure why it's on your drive but yes wait sorry.

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