A flat tyreSo there I was, pulling up to a job (male fitting in street), the ambulance was already there (having been dispatched from the same station as me, only two minutes earlier).
Then I heard a lound bang, and thought the bottom had dropped off the car – the crew on scene, and the police who were there all looked in my direction.

My front tyre had burst.

There I was stuck by the side of the road waiting for the tyre fitter to come and change my tyre. I may well have a spare tyre in the back of the car, but if I fit it, and it later falls off, then I'm to blame.

I returned to station to find a new wallpaper on the station computer…

“Brand new tyre required for Vauxhall Astra FRU, All enquiries to J2 station c/o Tom Reynolds”.

I love my workmates…

Other jobs done today was a 70 year old male, found dead by his son at 7am. There was nothing that we could do except try and provide some support for his son. There have also been two people having seizures, I go to a lot of seizures on the car.

I also went to a woman who had returned from two months in India with a high temperature (and having not taken any anti-malaria medication). She had been there for the arranged marriage of her son, and was depressed because her son was not happy with the marriage. What can you say to her while you are waiting for the ambulance to turn up?

There was the usual “chest pain in a GP surgery”, the GP was nowhere to be seen, and the patient (who was mainly suffering from difficulty in breathing) was laying nearly flat on an examination bed without any oxygen. So the noraml sort of GP job.

My last job (so far) was “Collapsed male, life status unconfirmed, caller cannot remain on scene”, it was by one of our parks, so there was a high chance that is was a drunk. He was indeed drunk, and walked off when woken up.

Just another high pressure job in this dangerous city…

9 thoughts on “Flat”

  1. I know this is a late comment, but yeah, you're right. At least that doctor recognises that the first aider often knows more about first aid. The worst thing, for everyone, is when the GP insists s/he knows best and tries to take over, embarrassing herself and everyone watching…

  2. “There was the usual “chest pain in a GP surgery”, the GP was nowhere to be seen, and the patient (who was mainly suffering from difficulty in breathing) was laying nearly flat on an examination bed…”Bloody hell! On a first aid course today, I learned how to position a chest-pain patient. It's not rocket science!

  3. GP's specialise in writing sick notes and writing to specialists. They can't be expected to know practical stuff too!

  4. lol, i help teach a couple of heartstart course. One had a GP and he did not know how to do CPR!!!!It's worries me that they dont know :S

  5. Bloody Hell, first year medics don't pass the year here if they can't do basic CPR, its the core curriculum!

  6. The problem is that Drs in general don't do first aid. I was discussing this with a retired GP just a couple of weeks ago. She said if she ever comes across anything, she'll offer assistance, but won't interefere with any first aider on scene, as she recognises that someone with a current first aid certificate will probably be more up to date on first aid procedures than she is!

  7. Tom – Being from the U.S., I acknowledge and celebrate our language differences. You say 'fitting' and I say 'seizing'. So what is a tyre fitter? Does he/she shake uncontrollably when replacing your tyre? Seems like it would make the job oh so much more difficult. You've also mentioned 'fitters' in other mechanically inclined jobs, such as auto body repairers, if I recall correctly.Anyway, I shouldn't talk, as I know damn well that the 'American English' has just as many, if not more, perplexities to it. Just thought I'd mention it.

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