An A&E consultant at Kettering General Hospital
has written a book – currently doing well on Amazon – about the highs and lows
of a volunteer air ambulance emergency responder.
Dr Tony Bleetman, the
Clinical Director for Urgent Care at KGH, has spent 10 years of his 16 year
career in A&E medicine working in his own time saving lives with various
air ambulance services – including the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air
You Can't Park There! is the first ever behind-the-scenes
account of life onboard an air ambulance. Lorry crashes, open-heart surgery, stab
wounds, headless chickens, and mating llamas - it's all in a day's work for
emergency doctor Tony Bleetman and his team.
Dr Bleetman said: “The idea
behind the book was to show what it is really like dealing with the extremely
fast-moving world of air ambulance medicine.
“The air ambulances that run
are funded by voluntary contributions and work in close co-operation with the
NHS, police, ambulance and other emergency services.
“I hope my book shows people
how important this work is – but also looks at the lighter side - the
incredible characters and the sometimes hilarious circumstances surrounding
this kind of medicine.
“And of course the unique
experience you gain from this has helped me to work with my colleagues here at
KGH and ensure that our A&E department is literally ready for anything.”
The books shows how whether
they are landing in the middle of the M1 or at a maximum security jail, Tony
and his crew Helimed 999 are the first on the scene in the most critical of
Dr Bleetman has clocked up many hundreds of flying hours as a volunteer air
said: “All in all I think the early work we did in air ambulances paved the way
for the modern air ambulance response service which saves so many lives each
year by being at the scene of accidents in a very short time.
is the ‘golden hour’ which can be the difference between life and death for
people involved in serious accidents.
the book is also a chronicle of some the amazing, amusing and thought provoking
things that happen to people when they are doing this vitally important work.”
You Can't Park There! - On Amazon