How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Meet the am­bu­lance crews mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to peo­ple…

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as the call comes through in the early hours of the morn­ing, in­form­ing the am­bu­lance ser­vice that an elderly man has col­lapsed on the toi­let, para­medic Gari heads to the scene.

He helps the pa­tient, Jim, but af­ter restart­ing his heart sev­eral times, Gari and the team have to ac­cept there’s noth­ing more they can do other than place Jim back in bed and con­sole his heart­bro­ken wife, Chris­tine.

Deal­ing with grief

‘I’ve made cups of tea for peo­ple, I’ve taken dogs for walks, I’ve had some­one say, “Can you put his cardi­gan on be­cause he’ll get cold”. It’s our job to make them ac­cept and un­der­stand what’s hap­pened,’ says Gari, who is one of the North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice crew mem­bers fol­lowed in BBC1’s new fly-on-the-wall doc­u­men­tary series. The first episode, shot over the week­end of the Park­life fes­ti­val in Manch­ester, sees crews at­tend 11,179 calls in 48 hours.

‘I used to work in the busi­ness sec­tor and I re­mem­ber com­ing home and my pre­vi­ous hus­band say­ing to me, “For God’s sake, it’s not life and death,”’ says para­medic An­drea, who now works along­side sec­ond hus­band Glynn. ‘I thought, “What if it were?” What if I could find a job where I could give this much pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm and ac­tu­ally make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives?

‘Un­less you’ve been in this po­si­tion, I don’t think any­one can un­der­stand the grief you go through in a day’s work.’

Work­ing to­gether... Glynn and wife An­drea

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