Bank holiday ambulance service demand goes up 7% in East of England

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Ambulance staff and volunteers have been praised for their hard work following a more than 7% increase in demand over the bank holiday weekend.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received 8,444 emergency calls on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, compared to the 7,860 received during the 2014 August bank holiday.

Demands on the East of England Ambulance Service Trust over the bank holiday weekend was up 7%

Demands on the East of England Ambulance Service Trust over the bank holiday weekend was up 7%

The Trust responded to 6,373 of those, which is a rise on the 6,138 jobs ambulance staff attended last year.

Community first responders across the East attended 285 emergencies on 29th, 30th and 31st August as well as front-line ambulance staff.

During the long weekend, the Trust was called to 150 road traffic collisions, 63 cardiac arrests, 983 falls, 446 patients with breathing difficulties, and 472 people with chest pain.

Dave Fountain, a Trust locality director, said: “We were prepared for a busy weekend and we experienced a rise in demand in five of the six counties we cover.

“I’d like to thank our staff and volunteers worked hard to provide the best possible care to patients across the region.”

County breakdown of the number of 999 calls during the August bank holiday (compared with 2014)

Bedfordshire 846 (784)

Cambridgeshire 1,093 (971)

Essex 2,621 (2,360)

Hertfordshire 1,485 (1,324)

Norfolk 1,301 (1,281)

Suffolk 1,018 (1,035)