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  1. Dont act so surprised tom…… You know the people that need us most never call…… I had a 7yr old not so long ago that we had to resus outside the hosp cos the family bought her in by car,she died. We'll never know if intervention could have saved her, but her PM came back as parvovirus, apparently common in children. I've just finished nights so good luck for the rest xxxx

  2. don't really mind the maternity calls myself. usually the kids on the sofa/down the loo by the time we get there. there are a number of stupid calls but really, at least they tend to be sober.

  3. 4 pints? I thought you went to the hospital!Sorry, I couldn't resist…

    The only time I ever travelled by ambulance was after a road accident – the ambulance was there about two minutes after I woke up. Great!

    Actually, that's probably an exageration – I only remember the person who called the ambulance (to whom I will always be grateful) whipping out his pocket GPS and giving latitude and longitude. I loved that!

  4. Hello Tom…just wanted to thank you for sharing your “life on the road” with us…first job on my machine each day is to check your blog…i'm not sure i could handle dealing with a very sick or even dead child, that would hurt…hope you keep the blog going, once again thanks.

  5. Tom,I thought a long time about this posting as I didn't wnat to come across as uncaring, but I do think your anger at the parents of the dead child is misplaced. I'm sure they just panicked and did what they thought was best. That it was the wrong decision is undisputed, but we know how the system works and when we should call, but does that apply to everyone? No, I don't think you need be angry at the parents in this case, I think their (probable) unconsolable grief will be enough punishment, don't you?


  6. Perhaps the parents of the dead toddler had heard the stories of people waiting hours for an ambulance to arrive and thought better of it….just a thought.

  7. Oh – I'm not angry at the parents.Just… you know… angry at the fact that I'm running around dealing with crap that would be better served by a taxi, while kiddies are dying.

  8. Hi TomBeen reading your blog a while now and really enjoy it – Thank you for entertaining. I couldn't be arsed to sign up for an account to comment though!! But now I have …

    When my 4 year old broke his arm, I panicked and demanded my husband call an ambulance. He said “Why can't I drive?” I said, “Oh yeah” D'Oh! Us non-medical types do tend to panic about little non life-threatening things … But I'm pleased to say, I did manage to get to hospital to give birth without the aid of a taxi ambulance

  9. the only time, i have not call for a ambulance when one was needed was when my cousin damaged a very large artary, i had my finger on the end as his dad ( Police fast car trainer – at that time) driving us to hospital . with a call though to the hospital we got him there and into the hands of a doctor in 7 mins.He was fine after 4 pints and a emergency op to fix the damage.

    rest of the time i call in the experts in green when needed

  10. And, of course, sometimes Parental Supervision is not all it's cracked up to be.Which is why parents who are serious about being parents should take some training, know CPR, have a plan in place.

  11. Just so that you know, we midwives do tell people to DRIVE to hospital. We do tell people not to call ambulances.The only time we would advocate women in labour being brought in an ambulance would be a homebirth transfer, if the woman is in Sainsbury's on her own and has a precipitate labour etc.

    Though I have heard of taxi firms who won't take labouring women in case they get ming on the seats… and not everyone knows someone with a car, especially not at short notice.

  12. So far i've been able to take my wife to the hospital for the last 2 children, so I haven't abused the system yet.I'm already on notice for the 3rd due in January, lets hope that I can carry out my duties again.

    The Driving Instructor

  13. You never can tell how people will react in an emergency. I can remember an old ambo mate of mine telling me about a toddler they'd pulled out of a backyard pool. The parents had called the ambulance all right, they just hadn't thought to actually remove the child from the water.Not good.

    And who are these nitwits who think normal labour is a medical emergency? Sheesh.

  14. So, how about a few links for reliable information on what to do in an emergency.When should I/shouldn't I call an ambulance. When should I/shouldn't I move someone who is injured?

    Can it be concise enough to fit on a small card that can be stuck on the fridge, or tucked behind a visor in your car?

    We ALL succumb to panic at some point, knowing what to do know may not help YOU at that point.

  15. I think NHSdirect actually produces something like that – it's card sized but folds out to an A4 sheet, and has basic guidelines for when you should call an ambulance, when you should call an emergency doctor, when you should call the NHS direct number, when you should make an appointment with your GP, when you should just ask your pharmacist for advice and so on. I think it also has a list of what should be in a basic home medicine cabinet.

  16. at a guess… the people who are experiencing/seeing a normal labour for the first time, and panicking, and forgetting everything they've been told. Or they called a taxi, and the taxi said they'd be there in ten minutes, and now it's eleven minutes later, and ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod what if it doesn't turn up.

  17. Maternataxis – I can understand how you feel unless the family have no car and she's too far into labour for a taxi to agree to take them / they cant afford one.My dad used to moan about delivering babies in the ambulance because you could do everything but cut the cord – that was a 'doctor's job, so baby arrived at hospital with two knots in the cord and placenta still attached.

  18. Maybe I'm missing something here, but isn't it within ambulance control's remit to tell these Maternataxi people to get 1) a taxi and 2) a life?Carl.

  19. No, but 29 week rupture of membranes isn't what you expect. And when you go into labour, most people have some warning (eg occasional contractions, not BANG contractions every 2 minutes with an instant urge to push, which is what some people get, unfortunately). 😉

  20. Hi Tom,I was wondering when it would be necessary to call an ambulance when you go into labour? What happens if you go into labour but can't drive or don't want to catch the bus? Surely a taxi company wouldn't be very willing to take you!? You just got me thinking thats all as I am due to give birth next year and all your comments about maternataxis made me think thats all!

    Love the blog, OJ

  21. Or they had heard the stories of people using ambulances as taxis … of paramedics being so cross with those kind of patients … of people wasting the emergency service's time etc. etc.

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