Blood, Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds

Blood, Sweat and Tea

By Tom Reynolds

  • Release Date: 2006-08-01
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
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A beautifully written insight into the stresses, strains and successes of working for the London Ambulance service.

Is there anyone who hasn't wondered about the state of the occupant of an ambulance, screaming along with its sirens on and blue lights flashing? Have you? And have you wondered about the other people inside the ambulance, maybe fighting to save the patient's life? Or have you considered that the ambulance may be another 'maternataxi' ordered by a woman who can't be bothered to book a real cab and who then complains she can't smoke on the way to hospital? And that the medical technician inside might just be desperate to get back home from a busy shift, to have a cup of tea and catch up with his blog?

Meet Tom Reynolds. Tom is an Emergency Medical Technician who works for the London Ambulance Service in East London. He has kept a blog of his daily working life since 2003 and his award-winning writing is, by turn, moving, cynical, funny, heart-rending and compassionate. It is never less than compelling.

From the tragic to the hilarious, from the heartwarming to the terrifying, the stories Tom tells give a fascinating - and at times alarming - picture of life in inner-city Britain, and the people who are paid to mop up after it.

About the author

Tom Reynolds began work for the NHS when he was 23 and specialised as an A&E nurse. He moved to the London Ambulance Service when he discovered that 'he wanted to 'torture the patients in A&E'. In his own words, this is 'not healthy'. He has kept his critically-acclaimed blog since 2003 and is frequently quoted in the national press. This is his first book.


  • Amazing

    By brandonn255555555
    Great book I can't wait to do my training for the ambulance service sounds so exciting
  • Blood sweat and tea.

    By Mred07
    An absolutely brilliant book. This man should get an award can't wait to read another of his books . Down to earth funny and informative. Long May he reign
  • Brilliant read!

    By ThisIZwar
    I didn't think I'd be interested in this book when I first read some reviews online. They were all positive, of course but when I found out that it was about the London Ambulance Service I opened the book reluctantly. And I don't regret it! It had just the right mixture of humour with a serious element. It gave a very in depth account of what it's like to work in an Ambulance and I recommend to all! Honestly - give it a try. Like me, you won't regret it.
  • Blood, Sweat and Tea

    By Debora Lappidoth
    Very funny and informative book. Many thanks. It kept me up most of the day
  • Good

    By Terrano47
    Brilliant book some funny and some sad stories great reading I'm passing this book on to my daughter who is a paramedic technician for her to read thank you
  • Blood, sweat and tea

    By Edric barnes
    Great read, really enjoyed the detailed accounts of daily life as an ambulance paramedic and a great insight to the NHS services. From the heartwarming to the heartbreaking this book takes you into the daily life and behind the scene account of an ambulance driver and paramedic who's thoughts and views, although his own, are very honest and relatable. I have read a few books giving insight and personal accounts into the health service but this is by far the best written and most enjoyable yet!
  • Fantastic

    By Krisay
    Absolutely fantastic I've read a few of there types of books but this one is by far the best am downloading second one now !
  • Excellent read

    By Bicki Nicki
    I'm not a big reader but I started reading and couldn't put it down its a great insight into the ambulance service and I now see them slightly differently, it's well worth a read!!!
  • Brilliant

    By Dr Zux
    Full of dark humour, this is a brilliant insight to the daily life of ambulance crew. Found it well crafted and very funny at times
  • Blood, sweat, and tea!

    By Awesome a lot
    This book is hilariously funny, exiting, sad, jaw dropping, and more in one! The reality stories of a London ambulance paramedic leave you in awe as you see there life for a change, and get to read about what they witness everyday, from drunks and drug dealers, to strokes and cardiac arrests this is seriously an amazing book and well worth downloading! x