Ibrahim Bah: Paramedic, London Ambulance Service

When did you start in the NHS?


Why did you choose to work in the NHS?

I wanted to work for the London Ambulance Service because I had friends already working here and they told me about the range of opportunities available, the skills you develop, and the variety of the work you do. I feel proud to be part of the NHS – it’s the best health service in the world.

Describe what you do in 100 words

I start my shift by checking my kit and the ambulance and then we’re out on the road. We have a computer which will assign us a job – we will get brief details and an address to go to. Sometimes I’ll be driving the ambulance – and driving through London on blue lights is quite a challenge in itself but I’m used to it now. When we get to the patient we assess them, decide on their treatment and whether they need to be taken to hospital. Sometimes they’ll need referring to another service – like a GP. As soon as we’ve discharged or handed over a patient to hospital, we are given our next job.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

When I wake up in the morning, I love not knowing what I’m going to be doing that day. It’s exciting every day – I could be doing anything. I love the diversity and the unpredictability of the job.

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