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Paramedics waited 2.5 hours outside hospital

4th October 2012

A review is being performed after ambulance workers had to wait outside the A&E department of James Cook University Hospital because no beds were available for their patients.

Some ambulance crews had to wait for over two hours for their patients to be admitted to the Middlesborough hospital. A spokeswoman for the NEAS said: "The North East Ambulance Service works closely with colleagues in hospitals across the North-east to try and minimise any handover delays. We do this by trying to anticipate any peaks in demand, and make the necessary arrangements. However some busy periods cannot be anticipated." 

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