The family of a man who died in the back of an ambulance after he was made to wait outside a hospital for three hours have been left devastated.
Foster carer and water rank cleaner Wayne Irving, 67, began experiencing chest pains on Thursday around 7.30pm at his home in Coulson, about 80km south west of Brisbane.
Mr Irving’s wife Barbara called for an ambulance before paramedics arrived around half-an-hour later.
Wayne Irving (pictured) died after he waited in an ambulance for three hours to get admitted to a hospital after he began suffering from chest pains on Thursday
MMr Irving’s wife Barbara (pictured left) called for an ambulance before Mr Irving (pictured right) was rushed to Ipswich hospital where he waited for three hours in an ambulance and died after he went into cardiac arrest a short time later
He was rushed to Ipswich hospital where he waited from 9.15pm that night until 12.15am the following morning to be admitted.
While he was waiting, his condition worsened to the point that he drifted in and out of consciousness.
As he was lowered down a ramp to be taken out of the ambulance, Mr Irving suffered a cardiac arrest and died a short time later.
His wife said she was ‘completely devastated’ by her husband’s death.
‘We’ve lost an amazing man,’ Ms Irving told Nine News.
Queensland health authorities said ambulances sat on ramps across hospitals in the state’s south-east for up to six hours.
Mr Irving’s family said they weren’t told that he didn’t make it to a hospital bed until they were alerted to the fact by the media, reports the ABC.
Mr Irving’s daughter Lauren told the broadcaster that she was thankful to the paramedics who battled to save him.
He was understood to have had no pre-existing conditions prior to his death.
His grieving family took to social media on Friday to reveal the heartbreaking news of his passing as they thanked loved ones for their support.
‘It is with much sadness that we write this devastating post,’ they said.
‘Last night, Wayne passed away unexpectedly.
‘We appreciate all the love and messages from everyone.’
Ms Irving (pictured left) said she was ‘devastated’ by the death of her husband
Queensland’s Health Minister Shannon Fentiman told reporters that her ‘heart goes out to Mr Irving’s family’ and a review has been launched by the hospital into his death.
Ms Fentiman pledged her support to the findings from the review and said she had asked health authorities to look into further resources that need to be provided for the hospital.
‘I am committed to implementing any recommendations from the clinical review and the coroner,’ Ms Fentiman said.
‘I have also asked the director-general of Queensland Health to work with Ipswich Hospital to urgently look at what additional resources are needed for this very busy hospital.’
Daily Mail Australia contacted the minister for comment.
Queensland’s Health Minister Shannon Fentiman (pictured) has committed to implementing the findings of a review into Mr Irving’s death and said health authorities would look at directing additonal resources to Ipswich Hospital
Dominic Tait, acting chief executive of West Moreton Heath at Ipswich Hospital, said further details about ongoing enquiries into Mr Irving’s death could not be provided during ongoing investigations.
‘This is an unimaginable time of grief for the family, and I cannot provide any more details without breaching the confidentiality of those involved,’ Mr Tait said.
Queensland’s Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates slammed the government’s efforts to address ambulance ramping and patient triaging.
Ms Bates said the state’s health crisis was ‘getting worse’.