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  • Goodbye to a good man
    on Nov 29, 2015
    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.
  • Devolution
    on Apr 16, 2015
    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 a...
  • Elephants
    on Jan 22, 2015
    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...
  • Four nights shifts and an egg and spoon race
    on Jul 8, 2014
    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. Ever...
  • Human pigeons
    on Jun 9, 2014
    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 th...
  • Abandonment
    on May 26, 2014
    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 bec...
  • Wind shift
    on Apr 22, 2014
    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; t...
  • Vulnerable
    on Mar 29, 2013
    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 m...
  • Vulnerable
    on Mar 29, 2013
    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 m...
  • The happy Space Hopper
    on Mar 22, 2013
    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 d...
  • The happy Space Hopper
    on Mar 22, 2013
    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 d...
  • Major trauma
    on Mar 20, 2013
    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 a...
  • Major trauma
    on Mar 20, 2013
    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 a...
  • Back to the nights
    on Mar 19, 2013
    I completed my first tour of night shifts since my unfortunate period of illness and trauma last year. It took me a few shifts to get into it again, and my sleep pattern was erratic at best to begin with. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the run and actually...
  • Back to the nights
    on Mar 19, 2013
    I completed my first tour of night shifts since my unfortunate period of illness and trauma last year. It took me a few shifts to get into it again, and my sleep pattern was erratic at best to begin with. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the run and actually...
  • The Royal cushion
    on Mar 14, 2013
    Every now and again in this business, we treat individuals of high stature or fame, or both. A call to an 81 year-old woman who'd fallen in the street didn't allude to anything more than an average call to an average person. However, when we arrived,...
  • The Royal cushion
    on Mar 14, 2013
    Every now and again in this business, we treat individuals of high stature or fame, or both. A call to an 81 year-old woman who'd fallen in the street didn't allude to anything more than an average call to an average person. However, when we arrived,...
  • The root of all queues
    on Mar 8, 2013
    THIS news story relays the current problems we are all facing but I have heard many times that this is fairly common with WAS. However, look at the story and read it carefully. The problem was caused, in my opinion, by the GP and the structure&n...
  • The root of all queues
    on Mar 8, 2013
    THIS news story relays the current problems we are all facing but I have heard many times that this is fairly common with WAS. However, look at the story and read it carefully. The problem was caused, in my opinion, by the GP and the structure&n...
  • Dogs have feelings too...
    on Mar 3, 2013
    Another cardiac arrest dragged me and my crew mate miles from base. An 83 year-old man had collapsed in front of his family. He was a known diabetic but had been speaking to his son earlier, with no problems reported at that time. When we arrived, a...
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