THURSDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2017
A Dragonfly Film and Television production for BBC One
Kirsty Cunningham / Simon Ford
Series providing a revealing insight into West Midlands Ambulance Service.
A woman having a heart attack urgently needs the expertise of the Cardiac Unit at Royal Stoke Hospital.
This third episode joins the ambulance crews and controllers on shift in Stoke and Stafford. Seventy-one-year-old Mick has already retired once but rejoined after missing life on the road. With his crewmate Dave, he's dispatched to help a woman who called because of pain in her tummy, but she is actually having a massive heart attack and urgently needs the expertise of the specialist Cardiac Unit at Royal Stoke Hospital.
Matt and Ryan's shift sees them dispatched to help proud 'Stokie' Les, who's fallen in the shed. Despite having broken his hip, he seems unperturbed and continues to crack jokes.
Meanwhile, in the control room, call supervisor Steph receives a dramatic call - a woman has gone into labour on her way back from a training course with a colleague and is in a car on the side of the road.
The terrified colleague must deliver the baby in the car.
As the crews settle in for the night shift, paramedics Conor and Sam must manage a drunken 17-year-old who's been fighting for breath at a lively teenage party. But it's their next patient who they find harder to deal with. Nigel has cancer that's now terminal. Nigel is philosophical about approaching death - keen just to be able to see his next grandchild born and his son marry in the next few months. It's particularly tough for paramedic Conor to hear as his own partner has had a cancer diagnosis.