• Short Summary

    New emergency doctor-on-call service operates with the help of two-way radio in Fulham, London.

  • Description

    M/S in a tiny office as a man answers a buzzing phone saying "Emergency Call Service"; C/U as he makes notes on a message pad saying "Sutton.... the doctor will be along... goodbye" (although this seems to be natural sound I think it was dubbed on later as we don't see the man's mouth!).

    M/S in a waiting area of a doctor sitting and reading a magazine, while another checks equipment in a medical case. Commentator: "This is the Emergency Call Service in action - a new idea, the first of its kind - it is a service by doctors for doctors that is already benefiting patients all over London". The doctor takes a slip of paper from the man in the office through a glass partition and walks out; M/S as he walks down some steps outside the flat in Fulham where the service operates from, gets into his car and drives off. We are told the team of 'radio-doctors' who are studying or specialising by day, answer night time and Sunday emergency calls to allow overworked GPs to get some sleep.

    M/S of the doctor arriving outside another block of flats; C/U inside the car as he speaks into the telephone receiver of the two way-radio and tells the man back in the office that he has arrived; M/S of the man in the office answering (without moving his lips! Not in synch at all!). We see the doctor go into the block of flats, and into the bedroom of the sick patient - a middle-aged woman lying in bed looking peaky. He puts a thermometer into her mouth and takes her pulse.

    M/S of the man back at the base who is checking a location on a map. M/S in the patient's bedroom the doctor takes some pills from a bottle and leaves them on the table for the woman, then packs his case, pats the woman on the hand (don't think much of his bedside manner) and walks out. He gets into his car and radios back to base; the man there says the doctor has an urgent call to go to a baby with convulsions and he will give him directions.
    Note: on file is a newspaper article about the service. The two doctors seen are probably Arthur Blane and Montague Solomon who started the scheme - not sure which is which. Sound sync not perfect see P.E.T. form.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    41.05
    Media URN:
    1995
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1956
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:31:00 / 01:11:06:00
    Canister:
    CP 067

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