After working for two weeks straight I have had a chance to spend two enjoyable days hiding from the world while sitting on my backside reading,watching TV and of course – playing World of Warcraft.
Now I return to work for a Friday, Saturday, Sunday nightshifts.
The standard breakdown for a weekend nightshift is as follows.
19:00 – Clock on at the station.
19:01 – First call, normally to someone elderly, probably chest pain
20:00 – Man with ‘man-flu’
21:00 – First assault of the night, outside a pub.
22:00 – ‘Unconscious’ male in street – normally a homeless guy.
23:00 – Another assault. Fueled by alcohol.
00:00 – ‘Unconscious’ – drunk in street.
01:00 – Child with a high temperature – everyone in the house is awake.
02:00 – Young man with bellyache / young woman with dizziness. (We are now the only ambulance running from West Ham)
03:00 – Nightclubs kick out. An assault who doesn’t want to go to hospital.
03:30 – Drunk in the street or a drunk who has injured themselves.
04:30 – Get back to station.
04:31 – Maternataxi.
06:00 – Another Maternataxi.
06:30 – Return to station – start watching the clock for sign-off at 07:00.
06:57 – Get a job for a little old lady, miles out of my area with cardiac chest pain.
06:57:01 – Start swearing.
07:25 – After a ‘scoop and run’ return to station to sign off – all ready to repeat the night in just 11 hours and 35 minutes.
Tell you what – I’ll do one of my ‘updated throughout the night’ things. I can’t guarantee that this is how things will unroll (and this in part is the pleasure of this job), so we can see how far away from my prediction things fall…