Ambulance staff and volunteers in the East of England have been thanked for their hard work after a 17% increase in demand over the Easter weekend.
As thousands enjoyed a four-day weekend, more than 12,300 emergency calls were made to the region’s ambulance service, compared to 10,500 calls last Easter.
However, there was only a 1.2% increase in the number of incidents the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) sent a response to compared with Easter 2015 - thanks to having more clinicians in control rooms.
Saturday was the Trust’s busiest day of the Easter weekend with more than 3,200 calls – 700 more 999 calls than last Easter Saturday.
The Trust received 3,097 calls on Good Friday and 2,956 on Bank Holiday Monday.
Community first responders helped the Trust by attending 390 medical emergencies during the long weekend.
The Trust sent a response to 9,188 incidents during the four day Easter period, compared to 9,076 in Easter 2015.
The service responded to almost 1,300 falls.
Almost 350 choking cases were reported to the Trust between 25th to 28th March.
Robert Morton, EEAST Chief Executive, said: “I’d like to thank all of my colleagues for their hard work during another busy bank holiday weekend and all the community first responders who dedicated their spare time to help patients during the Easter break.
“We continue to experience a rise in demand. However, the measures we have put in place such as having more clinicians in control rooms, including GPs, means that we can give advice over the phone and ensure that our ambulance crews and clinicians on the road are focused more on seeing patients with life-threatening or serious conditions.”
County breakdown of calls this Easter (compared with 2015)
Bedfordshire: 1,176 (1,069)
Cambridgeshire: 1,692 (1,413)
Essex: 3,840 (3,388)
Hertfordshire: 1,989 (1,736)
Norfolk: 2,008 (1,648)
Suffolk: 1,601 (1,258)