Sitting in the car on standby, it’s nearly the end of a long and busy shift.
The siren tone on the computer screen alerts me to the likelihood of another late job……Champion!
I look down at the screen:
“34 yr old female, Pregnant, wanting to push”
Oh well, might as well finish the shift on a high! I head off at speed, half excited and half nervous (you can see why in my post ’scary babies’). Ive only travelled a few hundred yards when the radio is activated:
” Medic999, just to let you know this is coming through as a ‘Cat A’, due to the fact that she is only 21 weeks pregnant”
“Yeah, thats received!”
” Unfortunately we dont have anyone to back you up at the moment but we will get a crew on the way as soon as possible”
It had been a really busy day, and I know that everyone had gotten a beasting, and I guess sheer call volume had left me on my lonesome.
I continue on my way going through in my head what I am going to do, and what I might need to do.
I arrive on scene and as I walk in, I hear screaming coming from upstairs.
“Medic999 to Control…..Have I got a crew travelling yet?”
“Thats affirmative, they are coming from quite far away station and should be with you in about 10 minutes”
Phew, thats not too bad!
It turns out that the crew arrived in time, and they even got her to hospital without any baby making an appearance. She did appear in active labour but I sincerely hope that they managed to stop little one coming too soon.
It just goes to show, sometimes the anticipation is sometimes worse than the actual outcome every now and then!
For those EMS types that read this blog, whats the most jaw dropping message you received over the radio from your control?