Ambulance stories (4)

Another old post from 2012, about my time in London as an EMT. No horrors this time, just an example of how people could often abuse the emergency services. I think only Wilma has seen this one before.


The broken lift

One evening shift, we were called to a nearby housing estate, known for its high-rise blocks. There was a female ‘Angina Patient’, who was in the reception area of one of these blocks, and she had asked for an ambulance to attend. Angina, for those who do not know, is a narrowing of the arteries around the heart, and is potentially life-threatening. Controlled by drugs, this condition can be exacerbated by stress, undue exercise, and other factors. It presents as a sharp pain in the chest, and can be relieved by the administration of a drug, called in abbreviation, GTN. This is in the form of a spray, and will temporarily dilate blood vessels, potentially relieving the pain. So, a call to someone with this condition can be considered serious.

On arrival, we were met by a well-dressed, presentable lady, who appeared to be about 60 years…

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19 thoughts on “Ambulance stories (4)

    1. Yes, it was the idea of ‘Entitlement’, Sue. We came across such attitudes all the time, including the classic, “I pay your wages” comment. The senior officers in the control room were reluctant to stand up to such people, for fear of ‘complaints’.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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