Ambulance calls ‘unprecedented’

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Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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“Unprecedented” levels of calls have been dealt with by Yorkshire Ambulance Service on the weekend after Christmas.

And bosses at the service fear they could be swamped this coming weekend, when poor weather conditions are expected to sweep the county.

Dr David Macklin, director of operations on the service, said more staff and volunteers are needed to cope with demand after the most serious calls showed a rise of up to 30% on 2013 levels – with 7,000 more calls to the 111 non-emergency number.

The ambulance service covers five million people over 6,000 square miles. With GP practices closed over the Christmas period, things are expected to get “very busy”.

Total demand surged 4.5% on December 27 and 28, compared to last year, while “red” calls were up 30%.

Of the 4,082 calls taken by the service on 999 over these two days, 2,095 were in the “Red” category. On the 111 service, the same period saw 19,638 calls – that’s up 7,092 on the same time last year.

This rise was predicted to last into the early part of 2015.

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Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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