I thought I would let you into the other side of my working life…I have spent 9 years working for the world class service that is the London Ambulance Service in one of the busiest cities in the world. I started my career off back in 2005 as a 999 call taker and dispatcher, doing 12 hour shifts over a 5 week rotation. Life was fast paced, fun and exciting; we worked hard and played hard. I took thousands of 999 calls, which blur into one but I do remember several vividly like delivering a baby over the phone, hearing what I thought were the final breaths of a female street worker until the paramedics got to scene and revived her, talking a man down from jumping off a bridge and talking to an elderly man who was lonely and had no one to talk to. It’s all in the life of a 999 call taker.
After 3 years of shift work, I decided to train as a Homeopath and college was on weekends and evenings. This didn’t work with life in the Emergency Operation Control room, so in 2008 I applied to be a Deputy Manager of the Operational Information and Archive Department which was a Mon-Fri role. We basically collate evidence for the Police service cases going to court and for any internal investigations. It worked out very nicely and after 3 years of Homeopathic training I became a qualified registered Homeopath, and started my business alongside the LAS.
As I write I realise I miss my days as Emergency Medical Dispatcher, but the lifestyle I have now far outweighs the thoughts of going back to the room. My life has more balance, it is calmer and I have a wonderful 3 year old child too. Without making those changes back in 2005 would my life be where it is now? Who knows, but what I do know is that I am still enjoying life.