1,735 calls made to Cambridgeshire ambulance staff over bank holiday weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:59 31 May 2017

1,735 calls made to Cambridgeshire ambulance staff over bank holiday weekend

1,735 calls made to Cambridgeshire ambulance staff over bank holiday weekend

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Ambulance staff in Cambridgeshire received 1,735 calls during the bank holiday weekend – an 8.3 per cent rise on the same period in 2016.

However, it was the lowest number in comparison to Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received a total of 12, 761 emergency calls between May 2 and 29 – 10 per cent more than last year (11,591 calls).

Kevin Brown, director of service delivery, said: “We continue to experience high levels of demand and this bank holiday weekend was no exception. “We responded to some very challenging incidents for our staff.

“However, in the face of this we had prepared and coped well, which is a testament to the hard work and commitment of all of our staff and volunteers across the region whom I would like to thank for their extraordinary ongoing efforts.

“We continue to remind people to only call us in a genuine emergency and to consider the use of GPs, pharmacists, walk in centres, urgent care centres and other forms of self-help.”

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