BBC documentary: ‘Ambulance’

Series 6 of ‘Ambulance’ – returning to Londona group of paramedics in front of ambulance and Tower Bridge

The BAFTA award-winning BBC One documentary Ambulance returns to the capital with a brand new series following the work of London Ambulance Service.

There will be eight episodes – which were filmed during the autumn of 2019. The series gives an unprecedented insight into all the complexity of the life or death decisions necessary when providing emergency medical care.

Cameras follow the crews who race to save lives on the ground, taking the viewer directly to the beating heart of our NHS by telling the real story of the highs and lows of the ambulance service.

This is the real story behind the sirens.

Tune in each Wednesday at 9pm, from Wednesday 16 September to 4 November. Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Ambulance and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear more from the Team LAS medics and call handlers and about the themes and topics covered.

  • Episode 1 - Wednesday 16 September 2020
    Femi stood next to rear of ambulance
    Team LAS Emergency Ambulance Crew Femi

    Series 6 of ‘Ambulance’ begins following our crews and call handlers on a warm Friday morning shift as the summer draws to an end.

    Call handler Abbie takes a 999 call for a patient having a seizure at work and Mandy, one of our dispatchers, sends crewmates Kayleigh and Lauren to the scene. It becomes clear the patient is in cardiac arrest.

    Ambulance crew Kate and Femi are dispatched to a young man who is struggling to breathe. It turns out he’s suffering from severe anxiety.

    Viewers next see advanced paramedic Rory respond to an injury on the football field – while, in our emergency operations centre the number of assaults we are called about increases.

    Mandy reflects on what it is like to lose a son – something she has experienced herself.

    Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Ambulance and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear more from the Team LAS medics and call handlers and about the themes and topics covered.

     

  • Episode 2 - Wednesday 23 September 2020

    Episode 2 will air on Wednesday 23 September at 9pm on BBC One and goes behind the scenes of two busy weekend shifts where LAS faces the challenges of Extinction Rebellion protests and People’s Vote marches and an IT systems outage which means the Service’s Emergency Operations Centre control room teams must use pen and paper to take down information from 999 callers.

    Gary and Fabio stood in front of an ambulance car with The Shard in background
    Emergency responders Gary and Fabio

    Filmed in the autumn of 2019, viewers will see the variety of what a weekend day shift can bring for the country’s busiest ambulance service – from advanced paramedic Kevin responding to a cardiac arrest to crewmates Emily and Laura treating a 100-year-old who has fallen. All this while protests across central London pose the challenge of how crews can ensure they reach patients quickly.

    Viewers will also see Gary and Fabio – two of around 150 LAS Emergency Responders (ERs) – on shift. Retired police officer Gary and Fabio – who works in finance – volunteer their spare time responding to patients in the capital.

    Read more about the episode here.

    Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Ambulance and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear more from the Team LAS medics and call handlers and about the themes and topics covered.