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Coroner probe into ambulance wait

Magistrates Court

The coroner hasn't been able to confirm whether a four-hour-plus wait for an ambulance was a factor in an elderly Howrah man's death.

Alan Maurice Grey died in late 2020 following a fall at a Bellerive service station.

The 77-year-old drove himself home but then noticed a headache, calling for an ambulance just before 8 pm. 

Newly-published coronial findings reveal paramedics didn't arrive until after midnight. 

Scanning at the Royal found an extensive brain bleed and Mr Grey died in the Whittle Ward two days later.

Coroner Olivia McTaggart has found an Ambulance Tasmania operator bungled the urgency rating of Mr Grey's case, resulting in a longer call out time.

Ramping at the hospital also delayed his treatment.

AT has implemented various measures surrounding its priority dispatch system in response. 

"Based upon the expert medical opinion in this case, I am not able to find that the sad outcome for Mr Gray would have been different if he had been transported to the hospital at an earlier time," said the Coroner. 

"However, the delay meant that he had no chance of recovery."