Ambulance service prepares for busy summer

Southend Standard: Ambulance service prepares for busy summer Ambulance service prepares for busy summer

THE ambulance service is urging people to have a ‘summer to remember, not one to forget’ as it prepares to deal with an increasing number of 999 calls.

Warmer weather and school holidays contribute to the seasonal increase in 999 demand, according to the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), especially in a region which attracts many tourists every summer.

And with more people enjoying sporting events like the upcoming World Cup and Tour de France, EEAST Locality Director Matt Broad said people need to ensure they’re being safe and help keep emergency calls down.

Mr Broad said: “In the summer we see increases of calls to people enjoying the outdoors such as coastal areas and open waters and, with schools closed for the summer soon, many of these will be children. We also host events like the V Festival and Latitude where people suffering from drink, substance use and heat exhaustion could have prevented a problem with more care.

“Please use common sense if spending a day out in the sun, think about drinking sensibly by having plenty of water and soft drinks, and watch out for hazards or unsafe areas around crowds and on roads that might be busier than usual on a good summer’s day. Once you have to ring 999 because of something you could have prevented, you turn your summer into something memorable for all the wrong reasons.”

Adrian Maasz, EEAST's Regional Lead for Primary Care and 111, added: “Simply put, 111 is for when it is less urgent than 999 - for those who think they have a medical condition which needs treating, but who don't need emergency care or even a trip to hospital. It is there to help people who are worried about their condition but to also support the 999 service so that our frontline staff can respond to the very seriously ill who need more care.”

For advice on a safer summer, visit eastamb.nhs.uk. Follow @EastEnglandAmb on Twitter and follow #999summer, and visit the service’s Facebook page to post your comments or queries about having a safer summer.

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12:23pm Tue 10 Jun 14

John Right says...

Prepares ? you think they'd be ready, after all it's an annual event...
Prepares ? you think they'd be ready, after all it's an annual event... John Right
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12:55pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Ian P says...

John Right wrote:
Prepares ? you think they'd be ready, after all it's an annual event...
Perhaps they are loading up the sun burn ointment that they off loaded at the start of winter.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Prepares ? you think they'd be ready, after all it's an annual event...[/p][/quote]Perhaps they are loading up the sun burn ointment that they off loaded at the start of winter. Ian P
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2:51pm Tue 10 Jun 14

emcee says...

This artic reeks of panic from the East of England Ambulance Service. They struggle to get ambulances out at any time of the year and it seems they are dreading that the summer will show up their inefficiencies even more than normal.
This artic reeks of panic from the East of England Ambulance Service. They struggle to get ambulances out at any time of the year and it seems they are dreading that the summer will show up their inefficiencies even more than normal. emcee
  • Score: 2

4:06pm Tue 10 Jun 14

John Right says...

emcee wrote:
This artic reeks of panic from the East of England Ambulance Service. They struggle to get ambulances out at any time of the year and it seems they are dreading that the summer will show up their inefficiencies even more than normal.
I hope you have a fast one
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: This artic reeks of panic from the East of England Ambulance Service. They struggle to get ambulances out at any time of the year and it seems they are dreading that the summer will show up their inefficiencies even more than normal.[/p][/quote]I hope you have a fast one John Right
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2:28am Wed 11 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

The usual mixture of unhelpful, nasty comments above aimed at people who provide, on the whole, a good service and who save lives.

Typical yet again of people on this website whose very existences revolve around attacking others' good efforts whilst totally overlooking their own sore inadequacies.

Like I have said often before, if you think you can do it better, go ahead and do it. Can you not see that this is just yeraverage silly season local newspaper space filler?

But then, you are used to knocking others aren't you? Not satisfied unless you're dragging people down and making insinuations where they're not necessary. God knows you've done it to me enough times.

When are you people actually going to make some kind of positive comment just for once in your miserable lives. Get off your butts and do something instead of knocking those who do.
The usual mixture of unhelpful, nasty comments above aimed at people who provide, on the whole, a good service and who save lives. Typical yet again of people on this website whose very existences revolve around attacking others' good efforts whilst totally overlooking their own sore inadequacies. Like I have said often before, if you think you can do it better, go ahead and do it. Can you not see that this is just yeraverage silly season local newspaper space filler? But then, you are used to knocking others aren't you? Not satisfied unless you're dragging people down and making insinuations where they're not necessary. God knows you've done it to me enough times. When are you people actually going to make some kind of positive comment just for once in your miserable lives. Get off your butts and do something instead of knocking those who do. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

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