Ambulance vs. A&E
WRONG: My son hurt himself and I needed to take him to
RIGHT: My son hurt himself and I needed to take him to A&E.
Did you ever watch that American hospital series with George Clooney? Pretty good, right? Remember the name? No? It was called ER! And ER stands for Emergency Room.
That’s the place in the hospital you go if there is an emergency. But that’s in America. So what about in Britain? It’s Accident and Emergency, or A&E.
You cannot simply say, „I needed to go to Emergency“. It doesn’t work. In America, you have to say ER, and in Britain, you have to say A&E.
An ambulance is only a vehicle in English – the van that drives people to the hospital. You can call an ambulance when you have an emergency.
So, you might say, My son was hurt so I called an ambulance to take him to A&E.