23 May 2016
The final week of placement has come to an end. The previous five weeks have flown by and quite frankly I didn’t want it to end! I finished the week by having four 12-hour day shifts on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. I have completed 214 hours this placement, which is way above the required 187.5 hours! My mentor has been really supportive of me over the course of my placement and he encouraged me to ‘attend’ as many calls or shifts as I could. Attending means to take the lead with the patient by asking all the questions, making first contact, filling out the Patient Report Form (PRF) and handing over in hospital. This was a scary thought at first, but on my fourth shift I started to attend calls once I was comfortable with how everything worked, with the occasional input from my crew mates. This was really exciting and a great opportunity to develop as a Student Paramedic and for the final two shifts on Saturday and Sunday I decided to attend every call, which was exhausting but worth itOn a number of occasions whilst handing over patients in hospital I have accidentally photo-bombed a BBC film crew, filming a crew out of my station. The BBC is filming a new documentary capturing the work of front line ambulance crews and control staff and I believe it’s due to air later this year. I was mainly annoyed as to how I left my flat that morning without doing my hair!