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More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea [Kindle Edition]

Tom Reynolds
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What happens behind closed (ambulance) doors

Meet Tom, an Emergency Medical Technician for the London Ambulance service. It is Tom who shows up to pick up the drunk tramp, the heart attack victim and the pregnant woman who wants to go to hospital in an ambulance because she doesn't want to call a taxi. Tom is also a man who rails against the unfairness of it all, who bemoans the state of the NHS and who ridicules the targets that state that if the ambulance arrives within eight minutes and the patient dies it is a success and if the ambulance arrives in nine minutes and the patient's life is saved it is a fail.

Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of the emergency services. From the tragic to the hilarious, from the heart-warming to the terrifying, Blood, Sweat and Tea 2 is packed with fascinating anecdotes that veer from tragic to hilarious; heart-warming to terrifying and Tom deftly leads the reader through a rollercoaster of emotion.

In the brilliant and bestselling Blood Sweat and Tea Tom gives a fascinating – and at times alarming – picture of life in inner-city Britain and the people who are paid to mop up after it.

Captures the thrills, heartbreak and frustrations of medicine in a way that resonates with readers around the world.

About the Author

Tom Reynolds began work for the NHS when he was 23 and specialised as an A&E nurse. He moved to the London Ambulance Service when he discovered that ‘he wanted to ‘torture the patients in A&E’. In his own words, this is ‘not healthy’. He has kept his critically-acclaimed blog since 2003 and is frequently quoted in the national press.


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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the first one 30 May 2009
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Reading this book will put any minor annoyances you have into perspective. Here are the absolute dregs of society. Here also are some of the unsung heroes of every day life - not just the ambulance crews but ordinary people who will go that extra mile to help their neighbours or even complete strangers. On more than one occasion the author has his prejudices challenged and is happy to accept that first impressions can be wrong.

There are heartwarming stories and heartbreaking stories often both on the same shift. There are also some good examples of why any ambulance service is so stretched - because people call an ambulance for trivial reasons. In many cases it is the people who really need an ambulance who do not call one. Drunks and drug users provide much of the author's work and the he makes abundantly clear what he thinks of these people though he will treat them in the same professional manner as any other patient.

I liked the way the book challenged my own prejudices about certain groups and I really enjoyed the author's plain and simple style of writing. There could be a temptation to over egg the pudding with this sort of subject matter and provide dialogue containing many swear words and descriptions containing too much gore. The author rises above this and his writing is all the more powerful for being understated. If you like accounts of people's jobs then you will love this.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A super sequel - more ambulance adventures 1 Oct 2010
By Jack Percival TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Having downloaded as one of my first "proper" book on my new Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6" Display, Graphite - Latest Generation it was an excellent read providing an interesting insight into the world of an paramedic through a series of blog posts. Following up from Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance this is more of the same and bang up to date. Once again the original blog posts are edited to keep only the most interesting and updated with comments this book is easy to read and rings true for real life. Set in London the author keeps us entertained throughout with the use of humour alongside interesting stories - well worth downloading. The only reason this doesn't get five stars (the content is worth it) was the formatting on the Kindle was sometimes a little awkward.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply Brilliant. 2 Jun 2009
By A. Gray
Format:Paperback
I'm another avid reader of Tom's blog and devoured his first book, so I was very happy when my pre-ordered copy of his second came through my letter box on Saturday. I started reading, almost forgot to go to the gym and finished it within the day, it's also inspired me to re-read his first book.

Tom's writing is witty and intelligent, and you can see this is a man who really loves his job but is also incredibly frustrated by it, you will spend most of the book giggling, some sighing and shaking your head, and a little part sad. Despite being an avid reader of his blog I only recognised a few things, but I still wanted to read them again, there was no stale repetition here, but a refreshing read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More tales from the Ambulance service 2 Feb 2014
By SBno1 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book continues on from the book Blood, Sweat and Tea and if you were a fan of that, then you will certainly enjoy this book. It is a collection of tales from a crew member of the London Ambulance service.

It reads like a blog with short chapters that will have you laughing, crying or tutting in anger at the way in which Ambulance services are abused by the unworthy and at the expense of other legitimate patients.

Easy to read and in nice bite size chunks. The text formatting is good, with no mid sentences turned into paragraphs or merged chapters. In terms of VFM, when I first got this it was being given away free of charge on the Kindle, but there is now a charge, but it is a small price to pay for a little humour and a glimpse into the goings on in the Ambulance Service.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 25 Jan 2014
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Another brilliant book by Tom Reynolds. Following the crews of the London ambulance service. It's an interesting insight into the day to day work of these hard working men and women from the LAS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 17 Oct 2013
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Good read and a good insight into the every day lives of these hard working and very put upon proffesionals
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All short stories 17 Feb 2013
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Some parts were interesting but it was made up of many short stories/chapters which was frustating. It did highlight some of the ridiculous requests by some members of the public
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real and undramatic 24 May 2012
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As per the title of my review.....I myself did download this book hoping/expecting exciting, over the top, jaw dropping tales. But instead was confronted with something real and personable, which was unexpectantly refreshing and better then i hoped for.

It's a true look at the life of an ambulance driver, real emotions, real events. I have always respected this profession very much as they are who we turn to at our most vunerable and needy. But it renewed that respect, for what they endure every day and how they conduct themselves when most of us would of said/done differently in a similar situation. I now smile my most sincerest 'thankyou/gratitude' smile as i pass a paramedic - they probably are thinking that i might be a 'call-out' in the near future as i smile like a demented monkey, but i only do so more intently as the result of reading this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book by Tom Reynolds which shows the funny side ...
Another excellent book by Tom Reynolds which shows the funny side of the Ambulance Service, also the emotional and not so amusing side. A well written book. Highly recommended.
Published 4 days ago by Starlightuk
3.0 out of 5 stars Follow up material is not as good
Bit of a forced follow-up to the first one. Created from the blog of the author, who works for the Ambulande Service, it does provide an amazing insight into the lives of those... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kindler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny
Published 1 month ago by vivienne yorke
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough and easy going enough to read in small chunks.
Gets a bit moaney and repetitive to the point you wonder why he does the job.

Very similar to his blogs and the blogs of other ambulance staff. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. T. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
I decided to get this after reading Reynold's first book, I was not disappointed, I laughed, I cried, this book is thought provoking and worth a read!!
Published 1 month ago by Bobby
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
If you enjoy reading about the real life calls of the ambulance service you will love this book. It is very insightful as to what people believe warrants a life threatening call to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by norma smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good reading
Published 1 month ago by chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
A good book, easy to read and had a laugh too.
Published 1 month ago by stewpot
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading this
How the general public show contempt for something they perceive is free. My heart goes out to the men and women who clear up the mess others leave behind and manage to do it with... Read more
Published 1 month ago by E M Bougourd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 2 months ago by kim
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