More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea

More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea

Tom Reynolds

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0007334877

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Tom Reynolds is an ambulance worker. On any given day he can be attacked by strangers, sworn at by motorists, puked on, covered in blood, and other much more unpleasant substances. He could help to deliver a baby in the morning and witness the last moments of a dying man in the afternoon. He deals with road accidents, knife attacks, domestic violence, drug overdoses, neglect, and suffering. Tom blogs about his experiences at the end of each shift. His Random Acts of Reality website has a huge following with more than 30,000 visitors every day. Here, Tom charts the past two years of his life as an ambulance worker. He is tired, he is frustrated, and he is more pissed off than ever but he still manages to capture the more moving, heartwarming, and inspirational moments alongside the chaos.

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wouldn’t enjoy. We arrive at the hospital to find another crew in the same situation more than forty minutes in transit, only their patient has drunkenly urinated all over the floor of their ambulance. This is exactly the sort of job that we don’t get the recognition for. My New Plan for Hoax Calls Yesterday I had a call that I knew was going to be a hoax but would have to be investigated anyway. The call came down to our computer terminal as ‘Child on phone claiming to be 52-year-old

when they break or dislocate it is incredibly painful for the patient. Our woman had slipped on a wet floor, she had landed on her knees and, after we drove across most of our patch to get to her, we found her lying on the floor. Upstairs. In a narrow corridor. She wasn’t a ‘small’ person either. My physical examination led me to believe that she had broken or dislocated her knee—it was a bit tricky to examine her in the enclosed space she found herself, her weight didn’t help either. The

to ‘Ambulance (Non-)Officer In Charge of Scene’. It’s what we are supposed to do with major incidents; the first person on scene takes charge until someone with some pips on their epaulettes turns up. I promise that I didn’t stroll around trying to look important. I found the fireman with the white helmet (the white helmet means they are an officer) and had a chat with him; then I found the police officer in charge and chatted with him. I updated Control, then chatted some more with the police

The officer had to investigate the allegation so he interviewed the other staff present and they supported my side of the story. He then had to travel to the patient’s home and interview him there. Luckily the officer saw the character of the patient and convinced him not to go any further with the complaint. If I’d complained to the police it would no doubt have been considered ‘not worth prosecuting’ by the CPS, but if the patient had continued to complain I could have been seriously

mother opened the front door, she was literally running backwards and forwards with tears streaming from her eyes. She could hardly talk because she was so upset and her breathing was just a shade short of becoming full-blown hyperventilation. Obviously, I had a moment where I thought that the child was more seriously ill than a simple nosebleed. Then our patient walked around the corner; she had a bit of kitchen towel held up to her nose but there wasn’t any active bleeding. There were one or

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