Can You Hear Me?

Jack Jones

Jake Jones has worked in the UK ambulance service for ten years: every day, he sees a dozen of the scenes we hope to see only once in a lifetime. Can You Hear Me? - the first thing he says when he arrives on the scene - is a memoir of the chaos, intensity and occasional beauty of life on the front-lines of medicine in the UK. As well as a look into dozens of extraordinary scenes - the hoarder who won't move his collection to let his ailing father leave the house, the blood-soaked man who tries to escape from the ambulance, the life saved by a lucky crew who had been called to see someone else entirely - Can You Hear Me? is an honest examination of the strains and challenges of one of the most demanding and important jobs anyone can do.

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This was written before coronavirus thrust the NHS into the whitest heat of front-line, life-or-death patient care. But of course, it’s always been like that, especially for the paramedics on the very front line of medicine. Jake Jones has written a searing, honest, often funny, account of life in the UK ambulance service. An intense, and sometimes strangely beautiful, read.

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