Ambulance service strained as emergency calls rocket over bank holiday weekend

Ambulance service
Ambulance service

Pressure was piled on to the region’s ambulance service over the bank holiday weekend, as demand for help rose by a quarter above average.

More than 8,000 calls were received by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust in the region over the long weekend, with falls the main cause of emergencies.

In Herts alone, 1,367 emergency calls were made. This reflects the second-highest total among counties in the region, beaten only by the much-larger area of Essex with 2,548 calls.

A spokesperson for the Trust said: “Our call figures remained about average on Friday, but we did see a significant increase on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

“This equated to about 300 extra calls being taken per day compared to the average daily demand of about 2,300.”

According to the trust, there were 177 calls about road traffic collisions, 1,256 calls relating to people who had fallen, 70 for cardiac arrests and 29 about allergic reactions.

Several horse riding accidents were also reported, along with injuries caused by people using the bank holiday as a chance to do some DIY.

This year’s May Day bank holiday saw a rise on the same weekend last year, when 7,732 emergency calls were received.

The service was also strained over the recent four-day Easter weekend, when the Trust received 10,013 calls and took 5,146 people to hospital.