Summary

From the paramedic pondering a dignified solution as he surveys his previously digested Pot Noodle adorning the naked genitalia of a recently deceased lady, to the man who rang the doctor Out of Hours service with an audibly severe case of excess flatulence, with hilarious consequences, and the old lady's wig that caused one chuckling paramedic to struggle to keep a hold of the carry-chair, The Lighter Side - An NHS Paramedic's Selection of Humorous Mess Room Tales will have you laughing out loud then looking around furtively, wondering if you should!
In his The Dark Side series, Andy Thompson gives us a taste of the dark sense of humor paramedics use as a coping mechanism; here he packs laugh-out-loud moments into every word as he recalls health care professionals' encounters with the weirdest of behavior, hilarious misunderstandings, and cringingly embarrassing episodes. You'll soon be relating to the sense of humor that moves an ambulance driver to respond to his friend and fellow paramedic's predicament on a hot summer's day, as a powerful smell engulfs the saloon of the vehicle. What would you do? Open the cab windows and the hatch through to the saloon to provide some extra ventilation? Of course not! You switch the heating on, causing the already intolerable pong to become even more unbearable, making for a bangin' mess room tale on your later return!
This book is an eye-watering insight into the Lighter Side of working on the Dark Side, straight from the mess rooms of ambulance stations up and down the UK. There's also a heartening reminder of the power of a flamin' good belly laugh and its analgesic effect even in situations of severe pain. This is a book that laughs in the face of extreme emotion and stress. Outrageous? Perhaps. Distasteful? Probably. Humorous? Absolutely!
©2016 Andy Thompson (P)2016 Andy Thompson
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5 out of 5 stars
By helen on 24-10-16

Awesome

Hilarious feels like your with them on every call out cant wait to listen to the dark side 2 can't stop listening

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2 out of 5 stars
By Laura Exton on 15-12-17

Repetitive following The Dark side 1 & 2

Was quite good but at least 4 of the stories had featured in The Dark Side 1 or 2

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2 out of 5 stars
By Debra S. Long on 10-07-18

Not really very funny, at least to me.

These did not strike me as humorous or entertaining. I am an RN, and I totally understand this sort of story telling and humor, and often I too find things hilarious in my work. I do not know if it might be a cultural difference, as this gentleman is British, or his delivery, or what. Also I do think the punch line, so to speak, is often predictable from the beginning of each story, which of course does not evoke hilarity either. Not my cup of tea.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Joyce on 16-10-17

Ambulance Tales On The Far Side Of The Pond

It's a little different over there, but after you get used to their terminology and Spence of humor it is great.

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