Five Jobs, Twelve Hours

Yesterday I had very little to do – the RRU tends to be a bit quiet during day shifts, as there are more ambulances to go around. This is a good thing, although you do need to be happy with your own company.
My shift starts at 06:30, so around 7am I left the station for a bit of a drive around, and spent 40 minutes parked outside Stratford bus garage in order to provide 'standby cover'.

Nothing – not a peep from anyone injured or ill.

I actually didn't see a patient until gone 11am, which was a 'Purple +', an elderly lady who had died sometime ago and had been discovered by her son. He was the sort of son who visited or phoned his mother everyday – so when she didn't answer the phone that morning he had rushed round to find her dead.

He was obviously upset, so I looked after him while the ambulance crew (who had gotten there just seconds before me) arranged the police/GP, and spoke to the son's wife – who can best be described as 'a rock'.

As soon as I became available I got sent to a 20 year old female who had collapsed at the other side of town – once more I was beaten by the ambulance by mere seconds, and the woman turned out to have had a simple faint brought on by not having a decent breakfast.

I then got sent from that job to an 80 year old collapse (typical, nothing for hours and then three jobs on the bounce), I managed to beat the ambulance to that job. The woman had been generally unwell for sometime with a chest infection, and I suspect that it had gotten a bit too much for her.

But like all women *cough*, she wouldn't do as I told her – and insisted on talking on the phone before the ambulance could take her away. I wanted to rule out a cardiac cause for her collapse, but she really wanted to do things her own way. She didn't end up in the resuscitation room, so I suspect my diagnosis may have been right.

I then had a bit of a pause before being sent to an 'unconscious' child – who, when I walked into the room, was sitting up looking very happy. He had been having a high temperature for the past 3 days…

The final job of the day was to a known epileptic who had had a fit at the bus station – not that this slowed down the commuters any – a couple of times while dealing with her, my response bag got kicked. It was a bit strange as, although I didn't recognise her face I was able to guess her surname.

So either I 'knew' her subconsciously from a previous visit, or my psychic powers are getting stronger.

At the end of the day – an easy shift, and one that I suspect will be typical of my new role.

15 thoughts on “Five Jobs, Twelve Hours”

  1. I'm a bit confused. You're suppose to be the RRU but you're getting beaten to most of these call outs by a big white and green LAS ambulance ? I think you need to do some track work :-)Luc

  2. I agree with Luc. Time to start a response time league table. This can be your Performance Indicator. What I want to see is how many times you beat the ambulance to a shout. I think we should set you a target of beating it 75% of the time.Now that sounds like a SMART target.

  3. 12 hour night shifts, 3 jobs – lady who fell and banged her face in a nursing home (nurse insisted we took her to “get checked out” to “exhonourate” her despite the fact the lady would be better off staying put), drunk who told me to foxtrot oscar so I did, prat with pain in his side for 2 weeks who hadn't seen a GP and decided to phone us and “collapse” due to the pain.Back on station for 0230, cleaned my car, bit of reading, bit of telly, can't complain.

    Not bad for being the only vehicle on station from 0200 until 0700.

  4. Well today (so far) it would be 100% beating the ambulance.But I've been a good boy, and managed to get to all my calls within 6 minutes.

    The thing is…Control will dispatch an ambulance and a RRU at the same time – if the ambulance happens to be closer, then they will beat me to the call. No-one minds as long as someone gets there within 8 minutes.

  5. Lovely.Here at J2 we have only one truck from 01:00-07:00, and its no fun at all – considering that K1 has 4 or 5 trucks a night and crews can spend some time asleep on station…

  6. Not really – I've got a tonne of books to read, and plenty of time to do it while sitting on standby outside Stratford bus garage.

  7. I get bored, cannot sleep on nights even when we have no jobs. went and played in the ed the other night for many hours with nothing to do.

  8. Back in the old days of doctors on call, and nowt else. I was wee'un and it was snowing and it was 2 am. or thereabouts, and 10 miles to a cottage hospital, only one phone in the village [ours] and my parents put in call, as I was doubled up in pain [wot did I know, it 'urt] so an hour later at about 3 am in the dark, the pain subsides and then who walks in , the family doctor fully unrested, and my poor parents were apologising. He the Doc Says 'just like a kid', 'twas the days one paid by barter. [ He liked goose.]So now I can feel for your making fellow road users taking time out of their busy skedule to let yer get to place of want in breathtaking time. only to? dungbeetle

  9. After reading this I suddenly started spotting the RRU's and the drivers kipping in the front seat 🙂 My locals prefer the local Merc dealership for some reason. No cafe in sight !Luc(now registered)

  10. Your response back got kicked. It amazes me how people are so totally self absorbed. A friend of mine overturned her car the other week and what upset her most was that 3 cars drove stright past her, making a detour around her upside down car in order to pass. It was out in the country so not much traffic. Luckily someone a little more public spirited finally came along and actually helped her.

  11. Follow up: a year later, a Mr. [ ] with a very sharp cut-throat, did remove an organ that appears to have had no modern function and it was malfunctioning, and if left in to rot; would poison the whole stomach; so he left my lower right stomach with a nice scar[e]: 4″ by 1/4″ with marks left by the twine used to keep the slit to-gether [ like marks left by oarsman on the Tems:] So! It is a tough call, Pain it be a warning of some kind.

  12. Hiya, found your blog on an msn link and after enjoying the read was pleased to find you come from Dagenham. So hello there from soon to be snowy Dagenham. ;o)keep up the good blog,


  13. Self absorbed ? Not quite how I'd describe them. I've been first at the scene of accidents before and been amazed / saddened to see how few want to offer any help at all and just want to get past you.OK so a few may be a little squeamish but FFS – when there's been an RTA and people just want to squeeze past ?

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