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Goodbye to a good man

Written by RSS Poster Xf on the 29th November 2015 at 15:32 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I've had plenty to write about but have lost the heart to write it in the past year. You know how much we are being crushed under the weight of it all. Too many people need (or think they need) an ambulance and there's far too few of us to help them.This post isn't about all that and I may just possibly find the impulse to post regularly again next year, we'll see.I'm posting to say thank you to Sahib Lalli, the police officer who died last week at a young age. My colleagues were unable to save him...
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Devolution

Written by RSS Poster Xf on the 16th April 2015 at 19:36 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

What's to be done? I'm actually starting to feel some despair about the situation.I was sitting in my response car at the scene of a call. There was an ambulance behind me - the crew was in the back treating the patient, who'd felt faint but hadn't actually passed out. I was on the phone to a fellow paramedic when a man approached me and asked me to wind down my window, which I duly did (although these days I'm a little bit more cautious about doing so).The following exchange then took place.Man:...
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Elephants

Written by RSS Poster Xf on the 23rd January 2015 at 3:34 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

It has been a long time since my last post but my family and career must come first and if anything I write threatens them, I need to temper my emotions; thus less to say of pertinence.This week I was invited to sit on a panel during a live national television debate on the 'NHS Crisis' and so, after four busy night shifts in a row, I appeared, bleary-eyed, in front of the nation, along with other healthcare professionals and an assortment of politicians, celebrities and members of the public with...
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Four nights shifts and an egg and spoon race

Written by RSS Poster Xf on the 09th July 2014 at 1:38 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I'm very tired after this latest run of four. These nights seem to be getting longer and longer as we are continually hammered from the moment we sign on duty until we make our weak attempts to get home on time.There is virtually no respite now. Everybody and his dog wants (or thinks they need) an ambulance. I'm spending longer periods at scene with patients - some of them very unwell indeed - because there are not enough ambulances to cover the demand.And this is going to become a not-so-rare event....
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Human pigeons

Written by RSS Poster Xf on the 09th June 2014 at 14:28 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

THIS sort of thing says an awful lot about humanity. I'm all for protecting the privacy and security of people's homes. I'm sure nobody wants to have a 'rough sleeper' bedding down on their doorstep every night, and I'm almost certain that most of the outraged people petitioning about this would rather not have a homeless person migrating towards their neighbourhood.However. Installing measures like this to ensure that people cannot lay down is a wee bit over the top in my opinion. We install very...
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Abandonment

Written by RSS Poster Xf on the 26th May 2014 at 9:00 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

It's not a word used very often, and when it is, the relevance is rarely on point. But, when you are in a group of mates, out for the night and getting loaded on alcohol (because that's the way its done nowadays), and you dump one of your friends because he or she is too drunk - that's abandonment.I don't mean dropping them somewhere safe and warm to sleep it off; I'm talking about so-called friends who simply leave their drunken mate on a bus, in a taxi... or even worse, on the street. Shockingly,...
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Wind shift

Written by RSS Poster Xf on the 22nd April 2014 at 10:23 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

It has been more than a year since my last post and there have been many changes.I have changed, my job has changed and the profession has changed. Its simply not what it used to be.I am reluctant to write in the open and honest way that I used to; there are too many sensitive people out there. It's too easy to offend and bother, either by accident or by being truthful. The design of this blog was deliberate. I set out to let readers know what I experienced and how I experienced it. The result of...
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Vulnerable

Written by RSS Poster Xf on the 29th March 2013 at 19:05 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

The last shift of my tour seemed to be nothing more than one alcoholic after another. Individuals with drinking problems that go beyond binging. Emotional and psychological dependence on the stuff is what I'm talking about. This is not the same for me as picking up a gutter-vomiting teenager who needs to be taught when to stop drinking. This tugs on you and reminds you of how vulnerable humans are and where they can end up when things go wrong and they just can't cope with it all. Before all that,...
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The happy Space Hopper

Written by RSS Poster Xf on the 22nd March 2013 at 22:19 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Aww, bless her. She went through a lot of pain and yet allowed me to write this story up. This is Laura and she had an accident. If you look closely at her right elbow you'll see it's not quite the right shape or size. In fact, she's fractured and dislocated her Humerus so badly that the Radius and Ulna (the lower arm bones) have detached completely and slid upwards and behind the upper arm. This photo was taken by her boyfriend 'Brummy' while she was being treated. We were called to a 'possible...
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Major trauma

Written by RSS Poster Xf on the 21st March 2013 at 1:02 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

My friend got a delivery of heavy shelving recently. This is where the delivery guy decided to leave it when she didn't answer the door. She was in at the time of the delivery but she just didn't hear him. Her door opens outwards.... Two patients at once after a fight broke out in Covent Garden. Both men had been beaten up quite severely and one had been left unconscious. Both had head injuries but I was more concerned about the man who'd been KO'd than the other one, because, although he had...
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