While busy sitting in the
Ferrari that all UK GPs drive and listening to the Steps Ultimate Collection
album on a stationary downhill facing dual carriageway we did espy in our rear
view mirror the blue
flashing lights of one of the local ambulance service vehicles at full pelt
followed a few seconds later by the sounds of the sirens.
The traffic was nose to
tail and going nowhere fast as due to road works it was being channeled into a
single line and all lights were at red. Still having spent many happy hours in
the back of ambulances transporting critically ill patients between various
locations we thought we would do our bit and help create a clear passage.
As we checked our mirrors
we became aware that the two lines of stationary traffic we were stuck in had
parted to form a clear passage through the middle and the single line of cars
ahead had pulled in between the coned off section of carriageway in a organized
chevron like pattern.
As a result the ambulance
sailed through the congested roadworks unimpeded before everyone got back to
their former postions. All in a few brief seconds before the business of queing recommenced as
Now we know that this does
not always happen. With less than fond memories of ambulances and their police
escorts screeching to a halt and the air turning blue from the comments of
their crews expressing opinons about some driver's abilities while we
struggled to stay in a seat and at the same time prevent a ventilated patient from being
disconnected from their ventilator, it was a pleasure to watch as people with no
knowledgeof what the emergency was
cooperating to enable an emergency vehicle through.
We are sure the crew must
have thought all their Christmases had come at once and we certainly recall
being overseas where commercially run ambulances were frequently ignored in
congested traffic. While that ambulance was more likely than not on its way to
a non emergency like a little old lady in 5 layers of womble wear who had had a
faint due to being over heated in the muggy conditions it could equally have
been a paediatric cardiac arrest where seconds do count.
Certainly up here in
Northernshire road manners are usually better than our southern cousins but
what we saw made us proud that for a few brief seconds a group of individuals
who did not know each other acted independantly and correctly and may even have
helped someone they did not know as a result.
And then we were able to
continue listening to Steps with only the briefest of interruption too.
Praise be to the Party for
continuing to educate the Public about what to do when they see ambulance blue
flashing lights. Ignore them obstruct them at your will but remember one day
you might need them for real.
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Northern Doc was once a blog originally written by a group of GPs in Northernshire and expressed their experiences and frustrations of working in today's NHS. The pieces were compiled at social meetings after work and published anonymously in a once free society. Following the Government's Medical Council clamp down on freedom of thought, speech and expression by doctors and our belief that the views of a few doctors DO NOT represent the views of the profession as a whole their views will now be written by and published by a journalist who has previously contributed to the blog by virtue of social ties. Any inference that the word Doc means a doctor is now purely coincidental. This is as of the 22 April 2013.