What happens behind closed (ambulance) doors
Meet Tom, an Emergency Medical Technician for the London Ambulance service. It is Tom who shows up to pick up the drunk tramp, the heart attack victim and the pregnant woman who wants to go to hospital in an ambulance because she doesn't want to call a taxi. Tom is also a man who rails against the unfairness of it all, who bemoans the state of the NHS and who ridicules the targets that state that if the ambulance arrives within eight minutes and the patient dies it is a success and if the ambulance arrives in nine minutes and the patient's life is saved it is a fail.
Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of the emergency services. From the tragic to the hilarious, from the heart-warming to the terrifying, Blood, Sweat and Tea 2 is packed with fascinating anecdotes that veer from tragic to hilarious; heart-warming to terrifying and Tom deftly leads the reader through a rollercoaster of emotion.
In the brilliant and bestselling Blood Sweat and Tea Tom gives a fascinating – and at times alarming – picture of life in inner-city Britain and the people who are paid to mop up after it.
Captures the thrills, heartbreak and frustrations of medicine in a way that resonates with readers around the world.
About the author
Tom Reynolds began work for the NHS when he was 23 and specialised as an A&E nurse. He moved to the London Ambulance Service when he discovered that ‘he wanted to ‘torture the patients in A&E’. In his own words, this is ‘not healthy’. He has kept his critically-acclaimed blog since 2003 and is frequently quoted in the national press.
Cracking little read.
Having downloaded the first one (which is free!!), and finished it in a day I was happy to pay two quid for this second instalment. Written in a light hearted style but not shirking away from the more tragic events in the day to day life of a paramedic. Quite an eye opener to what these guys do, and the ridiculous amounts of red tape and health and safety nonsense that hamper the emergency services in Britain. I was astounded by the sheer number of calls they have to respond to for the most trifling injuries- coughs, runny noses etc. I really wonder how you can be prosecuted for wasting police time but can call for an ambulance as many times as you want! Also shocked at how huge the problem with alcohol abuse is, changed my opinion of the government's scheme to make cheap strong alcohol more responsibly priced and sold.
Great and interesting insight to ambulance crews, I couldn't put book down its well written and its not all doom and gloom he's done it so its light hearted too
More Blood, More sweat and another Cup of Tea.
A great read and a good follow up to 'Blood, Sweat and Tea'.
I wouldn't like to do this job, but somebody has to.