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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
Repeat Wednesday 16:30
Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Tuesday 17 February 2009
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Emergency Medicine

In this edition of Case Notes, Dr Mark Porter spends the day with the Great Western Ambulance service in Gloucestershire.

He finds out what it's like to be a paramedic, and what kind of care the ambulance service provides.

Mark visits someone with a suspected heart attack and the scene of a road traffic accident as he joins paramedic Chris Turner and technician Becky Wilson on their calls.

He also gets to see inside an air ambulance, something that's invaluable in counties like Gloucestershire, where it can reach the scene of an accident much more quickly than an ambulance on the road.

And team leader Ceri Smart explains the role of the ECP, or Emergency Care Practitioner. 

ECPs work alone, travelling to emergencies in a car rather than an ambulance.

They arrive on the scene to assess the situation, and provide treatment to a patient on the spot where possible, so a trip to hospital isn't always necessary.

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