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.


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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