I’ve had a couple of people send me this.

 “Nursing staff from a Telford hospital have been accused of using an ambulance as a taxi after a night out.

 It was claimed some of the nursing staff got into an ambulance outside The Swan in Ironbridge on Sunday.

The ambulance service has found a crew did provide unauthorised transport to staff but said it was not in operation and returning to base at the time.”

To be honest this tends to happen a bit.  You tell the nurse “hop in the back, we’ll give you a lift – if we get a call you’ll have to hop out again”.  It helps keep relations good between the hospitals and ourselves, and it doesn’t hurt anyone.  It definitely doesn’t remove an ambulance from service.

In fact it can do good – a crew I know was giving a nurse a life to the train station after her shift finished, they then got a call to a cardiac arrest and the nurse was able to help out.  As long as the crew weren’t refusing calls, then I can’t see the harm in it.  In London I’d imagine that our Control would love it – as it would mean we are out ‘roaming’ rather than sitting on station, something Control management are eager for us to do.

And if I’m going to spend all shift taxiing drunks around, I don’t see why we can’t sometimes help out the poor buggers who work their fingers to the bone looking after those same drunks.

I wonder if the person that complained is the sort of person who expects an ambulance to turn up seconds after they’ve cut their finger?

11 thoughts on “Taxi?”

  1. God, you've got to feel sorry for whinging gits with nothing better to do than stalk their local ambulance crews. What a pitiful existance.

  2. I can't believe that a member of the public could have the audacity to complain about something like that – I bet he/she is one of those people who has a complaining letter on the letters page of the local paper every week too.

  3. I can't see a problem with this either.I got a lift from an ambulance once, and a police car another time, when I couldn't find a taxi and I was tipsy enough to ask. It's probably not quite as 'OK' to give lifts between pubs to drunken girls as it is to give lifts to nurses, but it raised my opinion of emergency service workers anyway!

  4. I know, I saw the article and I was disgusted with that “member of the public”. If there is a shortage of ambulances is certainly not because of a friendly lift now and again. Some people!

  5. I bet the person who complained about this is also one of those people who always has a story to tell about people waiting a long time for ambulances whilst ambulance crews are “parked at A+E having a cup of tea”. These people really annoy me and I try to be patient when I explain to them that those ambulance crews are taking a break and ask them if they ever have a break or a cup of tea whilst at work, and whether they think one only earns tea breaks by doing gruelling office tasks, and not by tearing round London trying to save people's lives.

  6. You forgot to mention the person who gave you a link to a photo of a hobnob ;)This case reminds me (re punters not putting things into perspective) of the programme “Traffic Cops” tonight – they did spot checks of coaches in a services car park, took a coack off the road because it had 6 wheel nuts loose (and I mean wobbly) and the emergency exit had been locked. The pensioners coming home from their day trip were complaining about getting home late…

  7. We used to be cheeky and get lifts from crews, Its much less these days. Personally I have been given a lift but thrown out when a call came along I've also been late because of going on a call. This is the risk you take and thats fine. I see no problem with it and actually it can promote good? Better relationships, Another trained pair of hands should the worst happern, bit of company for the bored crew.I read that the crew involed have admitted lack of judgement on this occasion which is sad. They could even face dismissal which is worse.

  8. I understand all your points about this not being a big deal.The problem is that it requires those explanations in order to not appear to be a problem.

    Appearance is more important than Reality.

  9. The crew must be a bit thick to allow the public to see a load of (presumably) drunken nurses piling in to their ambulance for a lift home. A little discretion is all that's needed.

  10. Julie said in the first comment:I can't believe that a member of the public could have the audacity to complain about something like that – I bet he/she is one of those people who has a complaining letter on the letters page of the local paper every week too.

    Unfortunately, such is the case — over here in the United States, too. The same people who expect Instant Service for the least little worry or complaint are often the loudest shouters when the people they expect to serve their whims get a small benefit, a pay raise, etc. My wife, who did her time in the ER in internship and residency, can testify to this kind of thing, sadly.

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