Table 3

Patient perceptions of police hospital transport

ThemeExemplar quote
 Life saving‘Some cops wanted me to wait, but I didn’t have it in me to wait too long. So fast like that, and taking me themselves, that kept me alive and bought some time.’
 Positive aspect of police role‘They made me feel like I was real, not just a body.’
 Unsecured and painful‘They just were saying, “hold on” but there is nothing back there to hold onto. They were driving as fast as they can to get to the hospital and you are in the back just sliding around.’
 No medical care during transport to the hospital‘All you do in a police car is lose more than gain. Not like in the ambulance. It is not a point of getting there faster, it is about on the way there… people die on the way to the hospital.’