Ambulance stories (9)

I am reblogging some of my old ambulance stories, for a new audience. This one from 2012 has hardly been seen since. 🙂


The fainting woman

After a very short time in the Ambulance Service, you soon learn to disregard the diagnoses given by Ambulance Control. They are at the mercy of the caller, and their own desire to end the call, within their protocols, as soon as possible. So, there is a constant repetition of the same diagnosis given for the call you are being asked to go to. Others can be wildly inaccurate, perhaps because of language problems, or lack of observation on the part of the caller. After a while, you do not expect what you are told, to be what you actually see on arrival.

One morning, we were returning from the Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith, when we were called to a well-known high-rise estate, not far from our base. We were told to meet a caller outside the entrance to one of the highest blocks, and that…

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11 thoughts on “Ambulance stories (9)

    1. Believe it or not, you do get used to it. The first ‘one’ of anything (delivering a baby, a jumper from a roof, someone under a train, etc) is always a challenge. But the next time, it never seems so bad. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. The police always investigate, and look for a suicide note. I attended countless similar incidents in more than 20 years, Mary, and none had been pushed. Almost all of them were psychiatric patients, living alone, on the highest floors of grim tower blocks. Sometimes, we were told what happened, but mostly the history of being a mental health patient was enough to make a reasonable presumption.
      (On a similar topic, I did attend jobs where people had been pushed under tube trains. That is more common than people think.)
      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. I recall a lady who had three next door neighbours jump out the window of the same flat, in just two years. She told me the story when I was taking her into hospital with kidney problems. High-rise living does seem to affect many people badly.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Well, honestly a few years back, the appartment building here wasn’t locked. other words, anyone could enter it. That led to some people just going up to the top and jump of it. Now that things are locked here, and you need a key to get in, we haven’t had jumpers in a long time. Still…it doesn’t mean it can’t happen again. Either way…it’s a sad thing 😢😢

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