Ambulance

The WORST episodes of Ambulance

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

An insight into the operation of the UK Ambulance Service; from the highly-pressurised control room to the crews on the streets. Ambulance provides an honest 360-degree snapshot of the daily dilemmas and pressures. The first season follows the London Ambulance Service. Other seasons focus on the West Midlands Ambulance Service and the North West Ambulance Service.

Last Updated: 6/21/2022Network: BBC One
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Episode 5
star
6.84
19 votes

#1 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/24/2018

At the start of a night shift, West Midlands Ambulance Service is receiving a High volume of emergency calls and is struggling to cope. A specialist paramedic attends a machete attack but his less urgent jobs are even more time-consuming.

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Episode 3
star
6.94
18 votes

#2 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/10/2018

Specialist trauma team Pete and Matt are called to the victim of a knife attack, carrying out urgent medical intervention at the scene in a bid to save the man's life. Paramedics Christine and Chris start their day shift with a man who has collapsed in Worcester town centre after a suspected drug overdose. A 96-year-old reports that an elbow wound, caused by falling off his mobility scooter earlier in the week, will not stop bleeding, so crewmates Mark and Nieaal drive 20 minutes on blue lights in the dead of night to treat him.

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Episode 6
star
7.38
8 votes

#3 - Episode 6

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/23/2021

A quiet start to the night shift is broken by a 999 call on behalf of a 13-year-old patient who is stuck on a bus having dislocated her knee.

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Episode 4
star
7.42
24 votes

#4 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/17/2018

Nina and Lauren respond to a caller whose mother has stopped breathing and is in cardiac arrest. The call handler in the control centre gives CPR advice over the phone while paramedics travel on blue lights to the scene.

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Episode 5
star
7.50
6 votes

#5 - Episode 5

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/28/2021

On a busy night shift in Lancashire, a call for a patient threatening to take his life by walking into the sea in Blackpool takes priority for the North West Ambulance Service.

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Episode 2
star
7.52
23 votes

#6 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/3/2018

New Year's Eve is the busiest shift of the year for West Midlands Ambulance Service. Extra staff is brought in to care for those in need, but the night does not go as planned.

Directors: Chris McLaughlin
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Episode 5
star
7.53
17 votes

#7 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/21/2017

The air ambulance crew is dispatched to a woman who is struggling to breathe after falling downstairs, just as a call comes in for the ambulance to attend a road accident, leaving trauma desk paramedic Fay facing a tough decision. Ben and Sophie answer a call from a terrified mother whose toddler is having a seizure, and reports of a hanging come into the control centre - but with no sign of a patient, the staff must decide whether the call is a hoax. Paramedics Helen and Julie try to find temporary accommodation for a homeless patient.

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Episode 4
star
7.56
9 votes

#8 - Episode 4

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/2/2021

Linda and Emma respond to patients in mental health crisis across Liverpool, while an asylum seeker struggling with isolation is a cause of concern for the whole service.

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The Day Shift
star
7.60
35 votes

#9 - The Day Shift

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/27/2016

The first episode reveals the dilemmas faced by the London Ambulance Service as they are forced to bump patients down the queue so they can prioritise the sickest, deal with time-wasters and cope with the ever-present threat that a major incident is just a 999 call away. An ordinary day in London means dozens of car crashes, overdoses, suicide attempts and - statistically - 28 cardiac arrests, where every second can make the difference between life and death. By 11.00am, seven cardiac arrests have already come in, and now there are two more people fighting for their lives. As one crew battles through traffic to try to save a dad of two, across the city, another faces a difficult decision - whether to stop resuscitating their patient, knowing full well the impact it will have on the family. The brain of the service is the control room and, when a number of stabbings, suicide attempts and a double shooting flood the 999 phone lines simultaneously, they threaten to overwhelm the service. And when there is an unexpected spike in 999 calls - far outstripping the number of ambulances available - drastic action has to be taken. Some emergency callers have to be told an ambulance cannot come to them so that the service can prioritise reaching those in most urgent need. Multiple calls about an explosion in a flat come in and herald the control centre's worst fear - now, the whole of the London Ambulance Service has to step up.

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Episode 2
star
7.60
10 votes

#10 - Episode 2

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/7/2021

Crewmates Dec and Nicole are urgently dispatched to a baby who has stopped breathing, and they also attend to a 12-year-old patient with a history of being bullied.

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Episode 5
star
7.70
10 votes

#11 - Episode 5

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/9/2021

The North West Ambulance Service are struggling with a spike in staff sickness from Covid-19, which is making it hard to meet the demand for 999 responses. A decision is made to ask for military personnel to help, with military recruits put through three days of intensive training before they can join the paramedics working on the frontline. Once training is complete they will be able to respond to lower-category calls, which account for 20 per cent of the service's workload, freeing up ambulances for more critical calls. The service has also drafted in agency staff to work as call handlers.

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Episode 7
star
7.73
15 votes

#12 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/5/2017

Several ambulances are stuck at the busy Worcestershire Royal Hospital waiting to hand over their patients, causing problems in the control room. Sham and Nina answer a call to help a man in his 90s who has fallen over. The only problem is, his wife cannot reach the bolts to unlock the door. A troubled man is rushed to hospital after taking an overdose of his medication, a trainspotter trips over and hurts his head at Bewdley Valley Steam Railway, and two brothers battling addiction strike a personal chord for paramedic Nina.

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Episode 3
star
7.75
16 votes

#13 - Episode 3

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/1/2018

A suspected terror incident requires a large scale response and brings back memories of the Manchester Arena attack for paramedics. Also, the team are kept busy dealing with a repeat caller who moves around Manchester's canals on his barge.

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Episode 7
star
7.79
14 votes

#14 - Episode 7

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/28/2020

In control, join call handler Erin as she answers a 999 call from a distressed relative who has found their loved one hanging. This is the first time Erin has answered a call such as this and it has an instant impact.

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Episode 4
star
7.81
21 votes

#15 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/14/2017

In a busy control room, call assessors Rowena and Sally are both dealing with suicidal patients on the phone while controller Louise and dispatcher Lucy urgently find available ambulances to send to them.

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Episode 3
star
7.82
11 votes

#16 - Episode 3

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/14/2021

A 999 call for a patient who has fallen from a horse in a remote area takes priority for crewmates Chris and Lee on a very busy day shift in Lancashire.

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Episode 2
star
7.87
15 votes

#17 - Episode 2

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/25/2018

A distressed mother calls for help for her 19 year old daughter who is self harming, advanced paramedic Luke is dispatched to a 9 year old boy feared to be a cardiac arrest, and Gina and Jimmy treat a twelve year old who has had an accident at judo.

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Episode 2
star
7.89
9 votes

#18 - Episode 2

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/19/2021

As the second wave of Covid-19 grips the country, the pressure mounts on the NHS in Merseyside. With hospitals almost full, ambulance crews know they must try to keep most of their patients at home.

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Episode 1
star
7.89
9 votes

#19 - Episode 1

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/30/2021

A call to help a patient threatening to jump off a bridge requires an urgent response during a busy day shift for the staff of North West Ambulance Service.

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Episode 4
star
7.89
9 votes

#20 - Episode 4

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/21/2021

One year on from the beginning of national lockdown, Lancashire ambulance crews attend to patients whose health problems have been bought on or exacerbated by isolation caused by the lockdown.

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Episode 2
star
7.92
25 votes

#21 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/31/2017

One hour into the night shift with West Midlands Ambulance Service and the control centre is dealing with its third cardiac arrest, as the MERIT team cares for a patient who has been stabbed and is bleeding heavily. Just four miles away, another crew must stay with an elderly man long after they have treated him, as they've spotted he's run out of vital medication and no one else is available to organise a refill.

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Episode 1
star
7.92
13 votes

#22 - Episode 1

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/16/2020

Ambulance crew Kate and Femi are dispatched to a young man who is struggling to breathe. It turns out he’s suffering from severe anxiety, prompting Nigerian-born Femi to reflect on what he’s learned about the people here in the 18 years since he first came to the city. Mandy, one of 24 dispatchers on duty today, sends crewmates Kayleigh and Lauren to help a young man in cardiac arrest. The case causes Mandy to reflect on what it is like to lose a son - something she has experienced herself. By 10am, just three hours into the morning shift, control are dealing with the third assault of the day and have already responded to four stabbings. With the temperature gauge rising, control are taking over 300 emergency calls an hour.

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Episode 3
star
7.94
16 votes

#23 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/7/2017

Veteran ambulance man Mick and crew-mate Dave are dispatched to help a woman with pains in her stomach. But it soon turns out she is having a massive heart attack. Call supervisor Steph receives a call about a woman who has gone into labour at the side of the road, leaving her with little choice but to oversee the delivery of the baby over the phone.

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Episode 1
star
8.00
25 votes

#24 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/24/2017

Documentary revealing the work of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, beginning with a distraught wife being coached over the phone on how to give CPR to her husband who collapsed suddenly at home, as crews race to save him. Elsewhere, controller Glennis has her hands full as she attempts to juggle between helping a crew search for an elderly man who has fallen in an alley way, and a high priority call for a street brawl taking place, with reports of a man being badly beaten with a baseball bat.

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Episode 8
star
8.07
15 votes

#25 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/12/2017

The documentary tells the inside story of what it is like for the paramedics dealing with the consequences of Storm Doris, which killed four people across the UK in February. The control room staff are fielding a third more calls than normal after a surge in wind-related injured, including three people trapped in a car by a fallen tree and a 94-year-old blown over while feeding the birds. With winds reaching more than 60mph, the Air Ambulance team has grounded and instead faces an agonisingly long journey by car on blue lights. Last in the series.

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