Ambulance – 21 October 2021 – BBC One

Series 8 Episode 4 of 6 – One year on from the beginning of national lockdown, crews book on across Lancashire for another night shift. A 999 call is received from a distressed wife saying her husband is in cardiac arrest. Ruth and Sarah are immediately dispatched and find that the patient is awake but refusing to go to hospital, much to his wife’s dismay.

The shift takes a dramatic turn when a 999 call is received from a frantic caller. A man has been stabbed and urgently needs help. Senior paramedic Lauren is immediately sent to join police on scene, and when they cannot find the patient, they follow a trail of blood to try to locate him.

A 999 call about an elderly patient struggling at home with pain in her legs brings Ruth and Sarah to one of many patients whose problems have been bought on or exacerbated by isolation caused by the lockdown. Meanwhile, Omar and Wendy are dispatched to a patient who is in a phone box with no clothes on. The patient appears to be struggling and feeling alone, and the crew lament that not enough support has been available to people with mental health issues during the pandemic.

As the ambulance service remember the over 126,000 people who have died of Covid-19, they reflect on how a disproportionate 4,000 of these deaths were in Lancashire, where poverty and racial diversity have made people even more vulnerable to the virus. Molly and Andrew are dispatched to a patient who has developed chest pain whilst at the dentist. When they arrive, it is clear the patient needs to be taken to hospital, but her concerned family are reluctant for her to attend as they fear she may catch the virus there.



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