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Dan Farnworth brings vividly to life his astonishing experiences as a medic working on the frontline of the UK Ambulance Service. When the 999 call goes out, he has little idea what he will find - and how he will cope with the challenges he faces when he gets there. 

Having worked in the emergency services for more than 15 years, Dan Farnworth has seen it all. There was the time he was called to take away a dead body - only for the 'corpse' to jolt back into life and demand to know what he was doing in her house. Earlier in his career, he unwittingly disturbed a crime scene as he shared the sad news of the victim's death with her son. Along with the 18,000 other paramedics in the UK who serve us day and night, Dan constantly finds himself pushed into extraordinary circumstances where he has to deal with not only those he has been sent to help but also their worried families and friends - and even with irate drivers who object to his ambulance getting in their way as he desperately works to save someone's life.

There is a special camaraderie among paramedics, and 999 - Life on the Frontline is packed with stories that are sometimes sad, occasionally hilarious, often moving but always inspirational. However, the work also takes its emotional toll, and Dan won an ITV NHS Heroes Award after setting up the Our Blue Light Campaign that helps those in his profession suffering from PTSD - something that struck him after a truly shocking event. His story will make you see our ambulance service in a completely new way.

©2020 Dan Farnworth (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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Life in the Privatised NHS

Self-indulgent nonsense interspersed with admiration for the War Criminal Winston Churchill, the British Royal Family and the British Armed Forces. Not one mention of the Tory-LibDems privatisation of the NHS in 2012, or the beginning of this process a during the Thatcher era. Plenty of whinging and not much awareness. The author supports the very Conservative British State that is dismantling the Socialist NHS around him! He doesn't care that since 1979 the death rates in the NHS have rocketed due to continuius cuts - but he makes it clear that he would not support any strike to make things better. Nothing but a scab in my opinion. Winston Churchill was opposed to the NHS because he believed ordinary people should not access to free health. Our British NHS is being taken away from use and people like this just make it easier to achieve. If the Tories have their way, the UK will soon switch to a US-style private health system.

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Great book

real eye opener. Good narrator. Worth a listen. NHS keep up good work. 👍👏👌 brilliant

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Incredible

I deeply respect all ambulance workers as a few have come to my aid. Dan's experiences shed a bright light in to the highs and lows of being on the front line not knowing what the next call is going to present to ambulance workers. I salute them all.

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Humour amidst the chaos

Beautifully narrated and an easy listen, despite some difficult subjects. Does lay bare the problems we now have with an overstretched NHS and ambulance service and this book does not lack a punch in that direction. Everyday life and the traumas of living in a multi-faceted community are laid bare and there were times when I laughed out loud or found myself close to tears of frustration. How do these brave paramedics manage to circumvent their way through a long day of traumas, traffic jams, harassment and ignorance without breaking? Read and understand!

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Excellent listen

On all levels this audio book is fantastic in my opinion. Just the right amount of detail, amusing at times and so sad at times but so well written and narrated. I wish there was another volume. If ever I need an ambulance I would like them to be just like Dan.

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PLEASE HELP ME

Politicians should read this besides all emergency (including NHS)workers and their managers , to know what it is like to be in the frontline.

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wow a very powerful

what a very powerful book, being a mental health sufferer myself I can relate just any other sufferer with how you feel, but to take the emergency services & NHS for granted every day we forgot they are humans too with feelings, who witness things that we don't do or some off us wouldn't have the guts to do on a daily basis working long hours, listening to Dan's story has open my eyes & have a lot of respect for him & the emergency services & NHS, well read too, just wish their was more help out there for metal health in a work place too, thank you dan for all your hard work making a difference to people's lives god bless you

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A good listen

A necessary insight into the life of an ambulance worker. It gave me a better understanding of the things they come up against at work.

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very moving

I loved it, very eye opening story of the truth about about the ambulance service.

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Spectacular, funny at times and raw

I listened to this audiobook none stop until I finished it. The stories he tells are so raw and real, others humorous and told in such a human authentic way ! Dan is an inspiration to any healthcare professional or any one who has struggled mental ill health in the workplace. This book is not only a brilliant insight into the ambulance service , it challenges the stigma surrounding mental health and illness and teaches you to look out for yourself and others!
I feel genuinely inspired