A PARAMEDIC who made seriously ill patients wait in an ambulance while he went shopping and had a haircut has been struck off.
Dominic Colella left an 85-year-old with severe blood poisonong for 20 minutes before taking him to hospital – so he could stroll around M&S.
Weeks later, he dumped a patient with a head injury on a junior colleage while he went to get his hair cut.
Colella, a 15-year London Ambulance Service veteran, was found guilty of two counts of misconduct while on 999 calls at a Health and Care Professional Council tribunal this week.
He admitted abandonong his colleague and patients to the council’s legal team, but failed to turn up to the hearing.
Chairwomen Gillian Fleming said the public would be “outraged” by his behaviour. She added: “He has shown little in the way of remorse.”
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“It’s sad because the vast majority of patients are treated in a warmer fashion by paramedics than the colder A&E they’re taking them to!!”
An Elderly man who had collapsed had to wait for 20 minutes in an ambulance while a paramedic went shopping in Marks and Spencer, a care standards tribunal heard.
Dominic Colella is also said to have delayed a patient with a head injury from being taken to hospital by between five and ten minutes so he could have his hair cut.
Colella who has resigned from the London Ambulance Service, faces two counts of misconduct with the Health and Care Professional Council.
A panel heard how in March 2013 Colella was responding to a 999 call after an 85-year-old man collapsed. Paramedic Yvonne Purves said Colella disappeared, leaving her with the patient, then returned with two bags of shopping and said: “Do you want to go to hospital then?”.
In the second incident, Colella is said to have left a less-qualified colleague to treat a patient for a head injury outside a hairdressers.
Paramedic Donna Blair, who was first on the scene, was handing the patient over to the colleague when she “looked to my left and saw Dominic in the hairdresser’s chair with a lady putting a cape around his neck”.
The Hearing Continues.
Daily Mail Reporter 2015. Daily Mail 24th March 2015 P. 9
“Looks like this guy hasn’t a ‘leg to stand on’.”