Increase in ambulance calls in Hertfordshire last month
PUBLISHED: 12:31 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:31 11 April 2016
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust has reported a 21 per cent increase in emergency calls across the east of England last month.
In Hertfordshire, however, there was an increase of 13.4 per cent, with 15,392 calls in March this year compared to 13,616 calls in March 2015.
Overall the Trust received more than 98,000 calls last month, 18,000 more than last year.
The biggest jumps in demand occurred in Cambridgeshire, with a 27 per cent rise, Essex with almost 25 per cent and Norfolk with 24 per cent.
The most common calls were for falls and patients with breathing difficulties and chest pain.
Rob Ashford, Acting Director of Service Delivery for EEAST, said: “We continue to face unprecedented demand on our service, which places pressure on everyone in the Trust who are working hard to provide the best possible service to patients.
“We have increased the number of clinicians in our control rooms to give medical advice and ensure that we are sending ambulance staff to life-threatening and serious medical emergencies.
“We are also planning to hire hundreds of extra staff and the first phase of our recruitment campaign to recruit 150 associate ambulance practitioners (AAP) began last week.”
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