In the past four years I have had three episodes of septicaemia. On two of these I passed out before getting to hospital. On one of these occasions I only came to when the consultant was examining me. I asked her what the worst possible outcome was. Any other news could only be good news. She said: Well I THINK we can get you better, but we might have to call your family. If the ambulance had been delayed. I might well have been dead before the consultant got to see me. So thank you, NHS and Ambulance Service, from the bottom of my heart.