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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 6: Ambulance

Summary

Crewmates Justin and Dawn's first job of the day starts with a call to a woman whose waters have broken, and former butcher Justin is in his element delivering the baby. Their next case is not so welcome though, as they attend a woman who has called 999 four times already that day and is one of a handful of prolific frequent callers staff across the ambulance service all know well.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Paramedic Justin (who, bizarrely, is an ex butcher) is philosophical about the changing nature of the ambulance service; “We’re social workers with first aid skills.” Increasingly we’ve seen throughout this excellent series paramedic personnel making sandwiches for sad, lonely people who just want a bit of company. “These people need help and there’s nobody else to call,” says Justin.

Leon, who is housebound after suffering a stroke, has called 999 for an ambulance 274 times in three months. All of the crews know him, and all of them know there’s no emergency, but they must still turn out, just in case. Police must also attend, as Leon once stabbed a carer.

Meanwhile Josephine routinely calls the service claiming she can’t breathe or she has a virus, but everyone knows she’s fine. She’s yet another person who’s fallen through the gaping cracks in Britain’s social care system.

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Cast

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NarratorChristopher Eccleston

Crew

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DirectorNick Leader
EditorFinlay Milne
EditorAlex Haythorne
Executive producerKirsty Cunningham
Executive producerSimon Ford
ProducerNick Leader
Series directorBruce Fletcher
Series producerJo Hughes

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  • Episode 6

    Ambulance

    Summary

    Crewmates Justin and Dawn's first job of the day starts with a call to a woman whose waters have broken, and former butcher Justin is in his element delivering the baby. Their next case is not so welcome though, as they attend a woman who has called 999 four times already that day and is one of a handful of prolific frequent callers staff across the ambulance service all know well.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Paramedic Justin (who, bizarrely, is an ex butcher) is philosophical about the changing nature of the ambulance service; “We’re social workers with first aid skills.” Increasingly we’ve seen throughout this excellent series paramedic personnel making sandwiches for sad, lonely people who just want a bit of company. “These people need help and there’s nobody else to call,” says Justin.

    Leon, who is housebound after suffering a stroke, has called 999 for an ambulance 274 times in three months. All of the crews know him, and all of them know there’s no emergency, but they must still turn out, just in case. Police must also attend, as Leon once stabbed a carer.

    Meanwhile Josephine routinely calls the service claiming she can’t breathe or she has a virus, but everyone knows she’s fine. She’s yet another person who’s fallen through the gaping cracks in Britain’s social care system.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorChristopher Eccleston

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorNick Leader
    EditorFinlay Milne
    EditorAlex Haythorne
    Executive producerKirsty Cunningham
    Executive producerSimon Ford
    ProducerNick Leader
    Series directorBruce Fletcher
    Series producerJo Hughes

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