This message was sent into us via our website from an anonymous source. As per our ‘mission statement’ part of overall objective is to act as a ‘voice’ for frontline emergency services, NHS, HMP & armed forces personnel.
Some of the details with the blog have been changed for obvious reasons:
“I’m a 26 year old female that works frontline in the ambulance. I get period pain can be bad. But I’m not the person to get sympathy from.
I legitimately went to a 20-year-old C1 PV call. For those not in the loop this is life or limb.
We get there. She’s crying doesn’t speak English but has a translator. She’s not bleeding but in pain.
Ok fair enough.
“Have you taken any painkillers?”
“No they don’t do anything.”
“So does this happen every month”
Me trying to keep calm after I hear a local cardiac arrest come out.
Crew mate “we can take you in”
Me “what does the GP give you? Maybe we can contact the GP?”
Patient “I’m not registered in the uk but normally txa & mefanamic acid (equivalent from translation)”
Me: “ok this is not an appropriate use of the ambulance service nothing is a new onset from 4 weeks ago A&E aren’t gonna give you that.
“You need to make a GP appointment.
“999 & A&E are life/death, accident/emergency so struggling to understand where you fit it.
Now I have empathy.
I have PCOS, I’ve had 15 burst ovarian cysts.
I have had 1 ectopic pregnancy. I’ll tell you how many times I’ve had had an ambulance called for me. 0!”.
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