Trust experiences busy Easter period

Date: 18 April 2017

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Our staff and volunteers have been praised by ambulance bosses for their efforts over the weekend.

Whilst everyone was enjoying the four day weekend across the Easter period our staff and volunteers were busy responding to emergencies across the region.

After what was, again, another busy bank holiday weekend our Chief Robert Morton said: “My thanks to all of my colleagues and our volunteers for their continual hard work. We still continue to remind the public to consider alternate pathways such as 111, walk-in centres, GPs, and pharmacists if the call is not a genuine medical emergency.”

Here are five things that you may not have known about the Easter weekend for us:

  1. More than 11,700 emergency 999 calls were received in our control rooms over the four day period, slightly less than the 12,306 received last year.
  2. We sent responses to more than 8,500 of those calls, compared to the 9,188 responded to in 2016.
  3. Our busiest day was Easter Saturday, with more than 3,000 calls received. We received more than 3,200 on the same day last year.
  4. Good Friday and Easter Monday were busy days too, with 2,826 and 2,801 calls received respectively.
  5. Essex was our busiest county with 3,794 calls received over the four days, more than Hertfordshire (1,847) and Norfolk (1,875) combined.

County breakdown of calls this Easter (compared with 2016)

Bedfordshire: 1,166 (1,176)

Cambridgeshire: 1,606 (1,692)

Essex: 3,794 (3,840)

Hertfordshire: 1,847 (1,989)

Norfolk: 1,875 (2,008)

Suffolk: 1,446 (1,601)

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