TWO paramedics attending a medical emergency in Hampshire were left an abusive note on their ambulance.

The crew returned to their vehicle to find a note in which they were branded as a "dumbass".

The writer of the note claimed they had "fully blocked their drive".

It said: "Dumbass! You are fully blocking my driveway!"

The incident is said to have taken place yesterday in Lymington.

Now South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) has taken to Twitter urging residents not to abuse their staff.

In the Tweet, they said: "Sadly, Zoe & Chris [our paramedics] came back to this note in Lymington, Hampshire.

"It’s not always possible to park without obstructing traffic flow or driveways as parking further away could add minutes to our arrival time that the patient simply doesn’t have. #DontAbuseOurStaff."

Local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), West Hampshire CCG, has also come out in support of the paramedics.

The group's chairperson, Dr Sarah Schofield, said: "We stand with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) and paramedic team Zoe and Chris, following the news of an abusive note being left on the windscreen an ambulance in Lymington.

"Ambulance teams and the wider NHS support patients and save lives across Hampshire.

"No NHS staff should suffer any form of abuse, and it is vital that emergency services can access people’s homes as quickly as possible to treat a medical emergency.

"We would like to thank ambulance teams for their continuous hard work and dedication, especially as we head in to the busiest time of year. #DontAbuseOurStaff."

Paul Jefferies, assistant director of operations at SCAS, said: "It's very sad and disappointing that a member of the public felt the need to leave a note like this on one of our ambulances that was responding to an emergency.

"Our staff do think about where they are parking, but they also think about needing to move the patient out of the property in the quickest and safest way if they need to go to hospital.

"We would ask the public to think about if it was their family member or loved one that we were going to, I'm sure they would want us to park as near as possible in order to start treatment as soon as possible."