Ambulance staff praised after Jubilee calls surge

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WITH calls to the ambulance service up more than ten per cent over the Jubilee weekend, staff and volunteers have been praised for providing a first rate service.

Over the long weekend from Saturday, June 2, to Tuesday, June 5, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) saw calls rise overall by 6.61 per cent, and by 12.66 per cent in Hertfordshire, in comparison with the same time last year.

Herts saw one of the biggest rises, like neighbouring Beds, while neighbouring Essex only saw a 2.17 per cent increase.

The service’s director of emergency operations Neil Storey said: “The executive team and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the exceptionally hard work of staff and volunteers over the four days.

“Public holidays and national celebrations will of course always be a challenge, and this was an incredibly busy weekend.

“But the service managed extremely well. Performance was excellent over the entire holiday.”