Tom Reynolds aka Brian Kellett, an ambulance driver working in London, started writing a Blog about life as a medical emergency worker. His Blog was such a success, that he has released some of his favourite Blog entries as a book.

Real-life Adventures in an Inner-City Ambulance

I love his honesty, scepticism, optimism and blatant dislike and annoyance of everybody regardless of skin, size, gender, age etc. In his words – “I’m not a racist. I hate everyone equally!” Having said that, please do not think this is a ‘vendetta’ against sick Londoners on his part, as he comes across as very experienced, trustworthy and likeable too. He’s the exact ambulance driver you would want knocking on your door in an emergency.

The book in turn is funny, sad, insightful and as I already mentioned, refreshingly honest. I laughed out loud at some of his stories, including ones of well-meaning members of the public who dial 999 to report a dead person on the street to find the drunk/homeless/tired/mentally unstable/attention-grabbing man (usually) faking being unconscious, who suddenly leap back to life as soon as Tom mentions the procedure he will have to do there and then of inserting a needle into the patient’s ear to drain brain fluid!!ย  I got frustrated by all the ’emergency calls’ the LAS (London Ambulance Service) got called to, to runny noses, trapped wind, drunks, headaches… the list goes on. There are also the tear-jerking entries of cot death, heart attack cases, sad senile pensioners and very, very sick people and children.

I’ve heard a whisper that there is a second volume out and am looking forward to reading that with a nice cup of tea (Reynolds’ drug of choice!)

Btw, doesn’t LOL mean Laugh Out Loud? Apparently, in ‘ambo’ terms, it stands for ‘Little Old Ladies’! Just goes to show you what you can learn from books!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Book Whisperer
    Apr 16, 2011 @ 17:32:41

    I have this book on my Kindle. It looks like a really fun read – thanks for reviewing ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Louise
    Apr 16, 2011 @ 21:57:29

    Ooh, i’ll look out for this! I’m a nurse and have worked in several departments,including emergency room/a&e… the stories i could tell lol! I could definitely connect with this ๐Ÿ™‚


    • BryOak
      Apr 18, 2011 @ 10:27:17

      I’m sure you’ll love this book and will relate on a deeper and more presonla level to some of the issues he raises and incidents he comes across.


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