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Ambulance

  • Season 2
  • 8 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Science

Summary

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

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Episode 5: Ambulance

Summary

The air ambulance crew is dispatched to a woman who is struggling to breathe after falling downstairs, just as a call comes in for the ambulance to attend a road accident, leaving trauma desk paramedic Fay facing a tough decision. Ben and Sophie answer a call from a terrified mother whose toddler is having a seizure, and reports of a hanging come into the control centre - but with no sign of a patient, the staff must decide whether the call is a hoax. Paramedics Helen and Julie try to find temporary accommodation for a homeless patient.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics Helen and Julie are having a frustrating night. They are keen to help a 17-year-old homeless boy who says he’s been punched in the face.

Helen tries so hard to win the monosyllabic boy found, trying to persuade him to go to a homeless shelter because it’s a freezing-cold night and he’s clearly vulnerable. It quickly emerges that Helen isn’t just doing her professional duty; she has very personal reasons for taking the patient’s situation to heart.

It’s another brilliant episode of a brilliant series that, every week, shows us piercingly clear snapshots of life for some people in Britain. Helen and Julie and their colleagues are at the sharp end, spending an increasing number of hours on social care and mental health cases. “Sometimes, all someone needs is for a total stranger to listen to them,” says Helen.

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Credits

Cast

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NarratorChristopher Eccleston

Crew

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Executive producerKirsty Cunningham
Executive producerSimon Ford
Series directorBruce Fletcher
Series producerJo Hughes

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  • Episode 5

    Ambulance

    Summary

    The air ambulance crew is dispatched to a woman who is struggling to breathe after falling downstairs, just as a call comes in for the ambulance to attend a road accident, leaving trauma desk paramedic Fay facing a tough decision. Ben and Sophie answer a call from a terrified mother whose toddler is having a seizure, and reports of a hanging come into the control centre - but with no sign of a patient, the staff must decide whether the call is a hoax. Paramedics Helen and Julie try to find temporary accommodation for a homeless patient.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics Helen and Julie are having a frustrating night. They are keen to help a 17-year-old homeless boy who says he’s been punched in the face.

    Helen tries so hard to win the monosyllabic boy found, trying to persuade him to go to a homeless shelter because it’s a freezing-cold night and he’s clearly vulnerable. It quickly emerges that Helen isn’t just doing her professional duty; she has very personal reasons for taking the patient’s situation to heart.

    It’s another brilliant episode of a brilliant series that, every week, shows us piercingly clear snapshots of life for some people in Britain. Helen and Julie and their colleagues are at the sharp end, spending an increasing number of hours on social care and mental health cases. “Sometimes, all someone needs is for a total stranger to listen to them,” says Helen.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorChristopher Eccleston

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerKirsty Cunningham
    Executive producerSimon Ford
    Series directorBruce Fletcher
    Series producerJo Hughes

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