Paramedic Lucy Bambridge struck off the register for disgraceful behavior

Published on 23 November 2019 by Kirsty

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A woman who was having a miscarriage was told by a paramedic Lucy Bambridge that the colour of her blood was ‘festive’ and if there was a Tupperwear box to put her baby in.

Lucy Bambridge is no longer a paramedic

Lucy Bambridge has been struck off the register after she made a string of disgraceful comments and jokes on the 999 call. She and her colleague, an emergency medical technician, were called to the woman’s home on November 28, 2017. The patient was staying at the Rosie Maternity Unit of Addenbrooke’s hospital but was sent home to then return 48 hours to give birth. But tragically, the woman miscarried and gave birth to a still born at her home, with Bambridge and her colleague there.

Bambridge, who worked for East of England Ambulance Service, told the woman: “I don’t know what to do” as she was undressing her from the bloody clothes. The patient said: “I can’t begin to tell you how terrifying it is to hear that in a situation like this. “During my distress at this I was horrifically asked if we had anything to put our baby in? ‘A Tupperware box or something in your kitchen?’ We were speechless. The pair of women then “giggled nervously” and then one of them knelt forward to tell her: “At least it’s not poo! We are bored of poo! And anyway, red is festive.”

Bambridge’s college said: “It appeared to me that this comment was made in relation to the festivities of Christmas as it was November. ” As well as the inappropriate comments, the woman complained about the cutting of the umbilical cord. She said the women held the scissors and “waved them in celebration with a big grin” towards her husband, as though he could do it for them. He told them: “You must be joking.” The woman said: “They went to cut the cord. The girl holding the scissors said to me, ‘let’s get this cut. You don’t want all this hanging out of you do you?’ Another unforgivable remark.”

Ms Bambridge, who resigned in December 2017 and now lives in Australia, said in a statement to the panel: “I feel deeply saddened that the patient feels this way regarding this incident, at the time I did the best I could with the limited training I had received from the trust. “I had no intention of ever making anyone feel uncomfortable or unduly distressed. I have always maintained a high standard of professionalism required of me.”