The NHS ambulance uniform was not designed with hot summer weather in mind. It is a thick cotton jumpsuit, which goes over a lovely black T-Shirt, it doesn’t seem to be able to ‘breathe’ and hence it gets very sweaty, very quickly!
Not the best image in the world for you all but hey, if I have to suffer, so do you!
The one saving grace is our wonderful relatively new ambulance which we have managed to keep hold of for the last couple of weeks. It has fantastic air conditioning, and getting into it is like getting into a fridge. I would happily sit in their all day and have all of the patients brought to me so that I didn’t even have to get out once.
The only real problem though is when the patient says “Its a bit cold in here”. Now being the consummate health professional, I turn the air con off and subsequently feel the heat building up in my own little mobile sauna that is the back of a NEAS ambulance in the middle of summer. I did consider just giving the patient a couple of blankets but thought that might not look too good!
Anyway, just another 4 hours till my lovely cold shower at the end of the shift.
Us Brits are always the same, we either moan about the rain and the cold or if the weather gets better, we just moan about the heat. Its currently 29 degrees outside, which may not be much where you are, but its bloody hot where I am sitting!
Bring on the winter!