My shift ends at 6:30 in the morning, so I was very happy to be left alone from 11pm.
Except that at 6:20 I get a job (I ask them if they are joking – they aren’t). The job is a chest pain on a bus, in a bus garage.
It is also so far out my normal area I have to study the map for some time before I can work out how to get there.
I turn up to find out that the ‘patient’ is an alcoholic who is asleep in one of the buses. She denies any chest pain, injury or illness – and after some persuasion she leaves the bus under her own power and leaves the scene.
If I were being cynical, I would be thinking that the bus company, unable to actually touch her for fear of assault, has called for an ambulance purely so that someone else is responsible for getting her off the bus.
Previous experience would suggest that this is indeed the case.
Why would they say she had chest pain – perhaps they know that this gets the quickest response from us…
Oh well – it’s all overtime.