Series 5 / Episode 2
Thursday 11 June 2020
A DRAGONFLY TELEVISION AND FILM PRODUCTION
NARRATOR: Christopher Eccleston
DIRECTOR: Stuart Froude
SERIES PRODUCER: Michael Ogden
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Tom Currie / Simon Ford
This episode - to be broadcast Thursday 11 June 2020 on BBC One at 21:00 - joins the team in control, whilst an urgent call is in progress from a husband whose wife is in cardiac arrest.
A doctor and paramedic team from North West (England) Air Ambulance are immediately dispatched to assist on the job. Despite best efforts from the team they cannot revive the patient and they have to make the heartbreaking decision to terminate resuscitation.
Back in the control room a call is in progress for a patient suffering chest pains as a result of cocaine overdose. Chris and V are dispatched to a category three call for a patient who has fallen, however once the patient is safely treated it's the couple’s dogs who become the focus of the paramedics' attention.
It’s the start of a new shift. The blue team take over in control, where there are already 19 category two jobs waiting for assistance.
It’s not long before the next priority call comes in from Merseyside Constabulary. A male, who has not been seen in approximately seven days, has been discovered and is not breathing. Mandy and Dave are immediately dispatched, but on arrival they find the patient is deceased and has been for some time. Although they deal with death a lot as part of the job, it's clear this particular incident affects the crew.
Angela and Jenny are dispatched to see patient Margaret, who may have had a stroke. She lives on her own, and although they are able to rule out a time-critical stroke, they must make a decision on whether to take her to a local medical facility for evaluation.
As the night continues the Emergency Operations Centre personnel have so far received 1,943 calls for an emergency critical care transportation. Mandy and Dave have picked themselves up and are ready to be dispatched to assist a crew with a patient who’s fallen in the bath. He has been in the bath for a couple of hours with his wife unable to move him. On scene, it is clear the couple need extra support at home and Mandy tries to help them get this assistance.
In the control room personnel are still feeling the pressure of the night as the category one calls start to come in. Angela and Jenny are dispatched to an overdose patient who has discharged themselves from a nearby medical facilty, whilst back in the control room calls are coming in for a road traffic collision. Angela and Jenny pass the incident on the way to their job and stop to assist. With two people injured at scene, Doctor Ian and Paramedic Rob are also dispatched.
While the team on the ground treat patients involved in the road traffic accident, Mandy and Dave are dispatched to a male who’s injured his foot under a cherry picker. The patient must be transferred to the nearest medical facility for a full evaluation, which provides time for Mandy to get to know her patient. Mandy struggles to hide her emotions as he reveals what has been going on in his life, completely unrelated to his foot injury.
In the early hours of the night shift, viewers are reunited with Chris and V, who are keeping themselves awake with a sing-song, when they’re dispatched to a category two call for a 99 year-old patient with difficulty breathing. Their patient has been suffering from a chest infection but is worried she’s nearly at the end of her life. Paramedic Chris tries to reassure that she’s going to be fine - she needs to be for her 100th birthday party that’s coming up.