Author(s): Jones, Jake,
Date of Publication: 06/02/2020,
Pagination: 320 pages,
Imprint: Quercus Publishing,
Published By: Quercus Publishing,
Book Classification: Autobiography: science technology & medicine, Memoirs
A memoir of the chaos, intensity and occasional beauty of life as a paramedic.
A young man has stopped breathing in a supermarket toilet.
A pedestrian with a nasty head injury won't let the crew near him on a busy road.
A newborn baby is worryingly silent.
An addict urinates on the ambulance floor when denied a fix.
This is the life of an NHS ambulance paramedic.
Jake Jones has worked in the UK ambulance service for ten years: every day, he sees a dozen of the scenes we hope to see only once in a lifetime. Can You Hear Me? - the first thing he says when he arrives on the scene - is a memoir of the chaos, intensity and occasional beauty of life on the front-lines of medicine in the UK.
As well as a look into dozens of extraordinary scenes - the hoarder who won't move his collection to let his ailing father leave the house, the blood-soaked man who tries to escape from the ambulance, the life saved by a lucky crew who had been called to see someone else entirely - Can You Hear Me? is an honest examination of the strains and challenges of one of the most demanding and important jobs anyone can do.