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Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance

Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance [Kindle Edition]

Tom Reynolds
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One of the most gripping blogs around - The Guardian

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A beautifully written insight into the stresses, strains and successes of working for the London Ambulance service.

Is there anyone who hasn't wondered about the state of the occupant of an ambulance, screaming along with its sirens on and blue lights flashing? Have you? And have you wondered about the other people inside the ambulance, maybe fighting to save the patient's life? Or have you considered that the ambulance may be another 'maternataxi' ordered by a woman who can't be bothered to book a real cab and who then complains she can't smoke on the way to hospital? And that the medical technician inside might just be desperate to get back home from a busy shift, to have a cup of tea and catch up with his blog?

Meet Tom Reynolds. Tom is an Emergency Medical Technician who works for the London Ambulance Service in East London. He has kept a blog of his daily working life since 2003 and his award-winning writing is, by turn, moving, cynical, funny, heart-rending and compassionate. It is never less than compelling.

From the tragic to the hilarious, from the heartwarming to the terrifying, the stories Tom tells give a fascinating - and at times alarming - picture of life in inner-city Britain, and the people who are paid to mop up after it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0740771191
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (28 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (592 customer reviews)
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A collection of blog entries 26 Jan 2007
Blood, Sweat & Tea is a collection of 'Tom Reynolds' favourite posts from his blog, random acts of reality, annotated to give updates and comment on how he now feels about what he had then written. The book is funny, tragic and intriguing all at once, and certainly dispells any misconceptions you may have had about the job of paramedics and what they can really do to save people. Whether or not you had read the blog previously(I hadn't), this book will certainly keep you entertained, and possibly even inspire you to change career. A good read, whatever your medium.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very well written. 16 Feb 2007
By Elliot
Blood, sweat and tea is a printed version of parts of an online blog written by Tom Reynolds. It very easy to read and engulfs you into the sometimes bizzare world of the London Ambulance service.

His entries vary from drunks who have fallen over to tradgic cardiac arrests.

This is a fantasic read which is sometimes very funny, sometimes very sad and most of the time very cynical.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood,sweat and tea 10 Mar 2013
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Although not a good literary work,I found this book very informative,especially the use of mobile phones to identify people.I have passed this onto whoever I've spoken to since reading about the potential use of mobiles for ID & will continue to do so.

This book has confirmed my suspicions about the inappropriate use of our ambulance service &the time wasters in our community.

I did get a bit sick of his rants & repetitions but they just show that he is human.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Tom 20 Aug 2006
By bwts
What a great read, a must for dossing on the beach or even on the train to work.

Tom has hit the nail right on the head with this book.

Ambulance staff in the UK are sick and tired of being portrayed like Josh and Comfort from Casualty and Holby City.

This book tells it like it is.

The waste of time calls we have to go to.

The total abuse the public put on the 999 service.

They smoke cannabis and call 999 because they "feel funny".

They get drunk then call us for a lift home.

They call us when having babies even though they have 3 cars outside, no contractions and the hospital is 200 yards away.

We get called to tramps and the great unwashed and the caller demanding we do something.

These are the rubbish calls we get sent to while 1 mile away someone is dying and we can't go because we are tied up with rubbish.

We get verbally and physically assualted (last count it was two crews every single 24 hours in Capital City alone).

BUY THIS BOOK TODAY and see what being an ambulance person is really like.

Well done Tom!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
I discovered Tom Reynolds's blog, 'Random Acts of Reality' 3 months ago after seeing references to it on the blogs of friends and friends of friends and I've been lurking there ever since. This book is a compendium of highlights from that blog - not that there's anything wrong with that in the slightest and I very much hope that it gets more people to go and read it.

There are some v. tragic stories (particularly those where children die suddenly), some v. funny stories (the one with the toxic poo did - to my shame - have me rolling on the floor in laughter) and some stories that will make you go WTF?! (particularly the nurses who fail to open access doors to hospital despite being notified and the 'carers' who don't think that caring is in their job description).

With the exception of the 7/7 attacks, none of the entries are dated and I think that would be my only complaint about it as it's difficult to get a timeline from the entries themselves unless you're a long-time reader of the blog itself. Apart from that, it's a v. interesting read and definitely worth a look.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but ... 13 Nov 2008
Although I enjoyed around half of the entries and found them entertaining and often very touching, this book should come with a warning.... for all NHS staff who work outside of the ambulance service! While the author acknowledges that his comments are not meant to tar all NHS employees with the same brush, and definitely the shortages of staff put pressure on all, there are several occasions where doctors, nurses and midwives are made out to be rude and uncaring and often this book descends into ranting about these professional groups. While dipping in and out of a blog the odd rant is ok, I found that in a book form these frequent angry entries got in the way of the flow of an otherwise enjoyble book.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 18 Aug 2006
This book is brilliant! Hilarious , un-put-downable!

I always wonder what happens to my patients before they appear in A&E, now I know and boy do I respect Ambulance men!

If you're a health professional don't read this on the tube or's hilarious , you'll find yourself laughing at everything and people edging slowly away from you..

Please write a book about your A&E rgn experiences!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly brilliant!! 4 Feb 2007
By Deemus
I was perusing Amazon as I often do and stumbled across this. As regularly happens, I thought I'd give it a go.

How pleased and yet disappointed was I that I finished the whole book in just under two days. As a previous reviewer mentioned, I too read it whilst brushing my teeth. Never before has a book grabbed my attention in such a short space of time.

My only concern was the lost and gutting feeling I experienced after finishing it, but no, I didn't call an ambulance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hats off to you!
Published 19 hours ago by E M Bougourd
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
very good read,as a student paramedic is a insite into the job presented in a light hearted way. enjoyed it
Published 2 days ago by cathrine
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
I have heard of this book everywhere over the years, so I decided to go out and purchase it myself to see what it was like. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sara
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, a good laugh
Very funny and I will read more by Tom Reynolds
Published 5 days ago by Lisianthus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good amusing stories of real life
Published 9 days ago by Teresa Hodgson
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
very disapointed could not get to end of first chapter - boring
Published 13 days ago by Irene
5.0 out of 5 stars and sometimes very sad, collection of blog entries
A very interesting and amusing and thought provoking, and sometimes very sad, collection of blog entries. Well worth a read if you are at all interested in the emergency services. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars A good gritty read
This was recommended by a friend and not my normal type of reading material. I have to say I'm glad I took the time to read this book of true stories about one of London's... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Julie
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
rubbish -
Published 19 days ago by eden
5.0 out of 5 stars I know how you feel
This book has kept me amused on many flights, it's so good to read about real life keep up the good work.
Published 23 days ago by janice mills
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