Ambulance service to feature in Channel 4 documentary

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East Midlands Ambulance Service, which serves the county, is to feature in a Channel 4 documentary series which starts on Monday, October 7.

999: What’s Your Emergency?, which goes out at 9pm, will follow incidents from the moment the initial 999 calls are received, as ambulances are dispatched and the crews arrive on the scene.

It will also explore why calls were made and find out what happened after the medics left.

The six-part series follows ambulance staff who know every call they race to could involve a person’s life being at risk. Each week there will be a specific theme, including young people, alcohol, mental health, life and death, older people and birth and childhood.

In the first episode on young people, Glenn Radford and Isabel Langon are called to help a student who has taken an overdose of anti-depressants and has drunk hair bleach.

The teenager is fortunate to go home after two days in hospital though there are worries that she may be pregnant.

Glenn Radford, Nottinghamshire paramedic said: “I genuinely hope the series shows people the very varied, strange, emotional and exciting job that my colleagues and I do. I hope they now see the fantastic people who continually do an excellent job in what is often very challenging circumstances.

“The public expect so much now but I love helping people and trying to make a difference and every now and again that I get to be part of a team of professionals who save a person’s life.”

Last year, Channel 4’s first series of 999: What’s Your Emergency? followed the police, fire and ambulance staff in Blackpool to highlight the work of the emergency services.

This year the series will directly focus on three of England’s ambulance services, East Midlands, London and East of England.

The social media hashtag #999whatsyouremergency allows the loyal following from the last series to engage with issues as they watch.