Emergency Admissions by Kit Wharton

Emergency Admissions

By Kit Wharton

  • Release Date: 2017-02-01
  • Genre: Medical
Score: 4.5
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Description

‘Heart-stopping, eye-opening and jaw-dropping. Sometimes painful, sometimes sad, often very, very funny’ Craig Brown

Shocking, funny and unflinchingly honest, Emergency Admissions gives us a fascinating glimpse into the extraordinary world of ambulance driving from the man behind the wheel.

Kit Wharton has been an ambulance driver for a dozen years. This book is his report from the frontline of that work: 999 calls that hurtle him to critical moments in other peoples’ lives. Nothing in this job is normal, every job is different. From the bizarre to the terrifying and tragic, Wharton takes the reader through his strange work.

There is an S&M party gone horribly wrong and bodily discharges sure to make you wretch. There is a man who calls 999 saying he has picked a spot – you can imagine Kit’s irritation. When he arrives, the patient is lying in a pool of his own blood. On the other hand there are colossal time wasters. There are extraordinarily sad stories, heart-warming, touching instances of human bravery and connection

Along the way Kit reveals more about his own unconventional upbringing, a childhood pickled in alcohol abuse and bohemian family set ups. As he says, he was well prepared for the ambulance service…

About the author

Kit Wharton grew up the son of two heavy drinking journalists. After university he followed them into the same profession and spent 10 years as a reporter. Realising this wasn’t for him, he spent some time in removals and decorating until he hit upon the job that he loves. For the past 12 years he has worked for the emergency ambulance service. He lives with his partner, two children and a hamster

Reviews

  • About as interesting as a papier mache sick basin.

    2
    By Pat the Potter
    If only I could have been rushed to the end of the book on blue lights.
  • Ambulance humour/reality

    5
    By Silverose
    From the very start I couldn't put this down. I know a man with a similar mentality to that of the main character. I love him to bits for his witty and upbeat outlook on life. This makes for quite a gripping read at times with the realities of working in an ambulance. I would actually like to join the ambulance service and this read is certainly making me want it even more. Realism and fact with a heavy dose of required humour that one would assume is needed for this kind of work. Highly recommend this for a good short read to lighten your mood, day, week or just general outlook on life. Full 5 stars from me. The sample download alone had me glued so I had no regrets in paying for the full book. Will be keeping it to read again as it is very much that kind of short. Addictive and surprisingly witty with a huge dose of reality... what more could I want. Age recommendations maybe 17+ Best age 25+ Perhaps for persons looking for an insight into changing careers or younger audiences who are deciding careers. I'm 30 and I loved every bit. (Offered my 11yr old a read of it, she didn't "get" alot of the humour and it just wasn't her thing) I believe some details maybe a bit mature themed also. Downsides: Wish it was longer! I was gutted when I realised I was on the last page...

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