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A day in the life of... the paramedic

Updated Tuesday, 22nd April 2003

A first responder shares some knowledge from his job.

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Neil Peachey is a Paramedic for the Essex Ambulance Service. Sometimes he works on the air ambulance, sometimes on the road ambulance. The air ambulance helicopter and pilot are paid for by public donations to a charity. It costs £2,000 a day to run.

The air ambulance is called out to certain priority cases. In the programme we see it go out to a woman who lives in a rural area and has a suspected heart attack.

Q. Where can I find out more about ambulance services and air ambulances in particular?
A. Here are some sites which might interest you

The Essex Air Ambulance, featured in the programme, has its own website.

Ambulance statisical data and information can be reviewed at the OMNI website.

The Ambulance Service Association represents all 35 NHS ambulance services across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their website contains useful information about the service and the work of the ambulance teams.

Q. What exactly is a heart attack?
A. You might start here for some basic information:

NHS direct

Q. How can I find out more about heart disease in general and how to prevent it?
A. Heart disease is still the biggest killer in the UK. Because it is so common there is a huge amount of information available via the Internet. You can find out all about prevention – advice about healthy eating, finding the right kind of exercise to suit you and how to get help to give up smoking.

Useful websites:

Heart Disease Guide (BBC health)
British Heart Foundation

One of the risk factors for heart attacks is high blood pressure (hypertension). Any of the sites listed previously will offer general information about hypertension. On the DiPex website, people who have suffered from hypertension and have undergone different kinds of treatment, talk about their experiences.

Q. How long does it usually take to recover from a heart attack?
A. It varies between individuals but the BBC Recovering after a heart attack website offers useful information.

Other links:

Chest pain in adults (Self-help Guide)

Heart block (Online Encyclopaedia)

Heart failure (Online Encyclopaedia)

Stroke (Online Encyclopaedia)

Transient ischaemic attack (Online Encyclopaedia)

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