I’m watching the TV before my nightshift tonight. They keep saying “the ambulance service is under severe pressure and will only respond to life threatening calls”. Surely we should only be responding to life threatening calls anyway?

I’ve had the resource centre ring up and ask if I’m going to be able to get in to work tonight. I answered truthfully that I haven’t a clue! I should be okay, because I live near a tube station on an unaffected line, but I won’t know until I try. I think I’ll leave an hour earlier than normal!

Tonight will be… interesting.

Published Feb 02, 2009 - 10 Comments and counting

10 Comments on “Snow Business”
  1. AmbEMD Says:

    Good Luck with your shift tonight.. im working tonight aswell, should be interesting, My service is also offering to come and pick us up if we need it.

    Totally agree that we should only be responding to Life Threatening Emergencies.

  2. Erin Says:

    I’m torn between ‘ooh pretty,’ and ‘shit I have to walk in that,’ and finally starting to wonder if I should take bets on how many times the cold card is going to come up.

    But my service hasn’t offered to pick me up. I feel unloved by my Trust. (Mind you, the snow we’ve got isn’t nearly as bad as elsewhere, but damnit, I want a lift :P )

  3. Pat Says:

    So how much snow did you get? I guess snow tires aren’t generally put on vehicles in the winter over ‘ome eh?

    I hope it wasn’t too bad a night…emergency services are expected to be there ‘right now!’ when anything happens, and having to deal with crappy driving conditions just doesn’t seem to register with the general public who call us.

    Good luck…oh, and think of us poor Canucks here in Ontario, where we’ve been dealing with snowfalls of upwards of 20 centimetres in a night! Our snowbanks are so high now, it’s becoming a danger pulling out of driveways, as we can’t see oncoming traffic until we’re way out onto the roadway.

  4. Solomon Says:

    Good luck. My sister decided to walk to work this morning. Dozy mare…

  5. EMD1 Says:

    Good luck. I was on days today and was told to walk to my nearest station 3.3 miles away! I googled it and on a good day walking it takes 57 minutes I just thought its not worth my health!
    I am thinking i will have to do that tomorrow tho although I walked to end of my street today with knee deep snow and came home straight to bed I was shattered!
    I’ll keep looking here to see how you get on!
    Good luck!

  6. Rachel Says:

    In the middle of a searing heatwave in Australia your snow sounds so refreshing – anyone want to swap? The comment about only responding to life threatening calls reminded me of our local council who smugly reported that they’d turned off all non-essential lighting, but just for Earth Hour! We don’t have such a problem with non-urgent ambulance calls here as most people/health funds have to pay for ambulances, although those who don’t have to pay do abuse the system. Hospitals near large shopping centres are often the destination of choice of little old ladies who want a free ‘taxi’. I think repeat offenders are now taken to more remote hospitals until they get the message.

  7. Petrolhead Says:

    If I was working today, I’d have had the perfect excuse not to go in – you need a 4×4 to even attempt to leave my village, let alone do the 50 mile round trip my commute involves!!

  8. Dullahan999 Says:

    Severe weather, only in emergency type warnings and what do we get the other day?

    “I was going to drive to hospital but I can’t because the snow is impassable, so can I have an ambulance!”

    Sure … because our’s hover like magic carpets!

  9. AmbEMD Says:

    LOL @ Dullham999

    Have you not seen the new ambulances yet ??? :P

  10. Adobe Discount Says:

    hehehe good point

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