The Radio Times logo

Ambulance

  • Season 2
  • 8 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Science

Summary

Documentary series providing a revealing insight into West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Advertisement

Episode 4: Ambulance

Summary

The fourth episode follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service at the beginning of a busy Saturday night shift. There has been a nasty car accident in Warwickshire and the young driver has suffered a collapsed lung. She needs a life-saving procedure by the road-side which can only be done by a doctor. In the busy control room, call assessors Rowena and Sally both deal with suicidal patients on the phone, while a woman has had her finger bitten off during an argument.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s Saturday night and an ambulance crew is driving a young man with mental health problems to hospital. But in a split second everything changes when a crashed car comes careering towards the vehicle.

By sheer chance the ambulance isn’t hit but it’s a serious road accident, there are two badly smashed cars and multiple casualties. The ambulance driver, though shaken by what she’s witnessed, leaps out and assesses the scene before the police and fire brigade arrive.

Such a major incident needs lots of resources and back in the control room the controller must do endless jigsawing and juggling to make sure there’s cover for everyone who needs it.

Yet, as ever in this excellent series, it’s the “small” stories that move the most. Like 80-year-old Sheila, living alone in a decrepit house and in awful pain. Sikh paramedic Ungie is appalled: “It’s a failure of the system.”

How to watch

Loading

Details

Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

rolename
NarratorChristopher Eccleston

Crew

rolename
EditorJules Cornell
EditorFraser Gibb
Executive producerKirsty Cunningham
Executive producerSimon Ford
Series directorBruce Fletcher
Series producerJo Hughes

All episodes

  • Episode 4

    Ambulance

    Summary

    The fourth episode follows the West Midlands Ambulance Service at the beginning of a busy Saturday night shift. There has been a nasty car accident in Warwickshire and the young driver has suffered a collapsed lung. She needs a life-saving procedure by the road-side which can only be done by a doctor. In the busy control room, call assessors Rowena and Sally both deal with suicidal patients on the phone, while a woman has had her finger bitten off during an argument.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    It’s Saturday night and an ambulance crew is driving a young man with mental health problems to hospital. But in a split second everything changes when a crashed car comes careering towards the vehicle.

    By sheer chance the ambulance isn’t hit but it’s a serious road accident, there are two badly smashed cars and multiple casualties. The ambulance driver, though shaken by what she’s witnessed, leaps out and assesses the scene before the police and fire brigade arrive.

    Such a major incident needs lots of resources and back in the control room the controller must do endless jigsawing and juggling to make sure there’s cover for everyone who needs it.

    Yet, as ever in this excellent series, it’s the “small” stories that move the most. Like 80-year-old Sheila, living alone in a decrepit house and in awful pain. Sikh paramedic Ungie is appalled: “It’s a failure of the system.”

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorChristopher Eccleston

    Crew

    rolename
    EditorJules Cornell
    EditorFraser Gibb
    Executive producerKirsty Cunningham
    Executive producerSimon Ford
    Series directorBruce Fletcher
    Series producerJo Hughes

News & features about Ambulance

Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content