‘Don’t waste our time,’ warn ambulance chiefs ahead of bank holiday 999 surge

East of England Ambulance Service NHS
East of England Ambulance Service NHS

Ambulance bosses are urging people to be prepared in order to curb the spike in emergency calls over May’s two bank holiday weekends.

With the May Day holiday on Monday, the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust is asking people to ensure they have well-equipped first aid kits, take extra care and call 111 if their condition is less serious than an emergency.

Consultant paramedic Marcus Bailey said: “It’s great for people to take advantage of two long weekends but reducing the risks of accident or illness is the most important thing.

“To help give the best possible service to patients, people should only call 999 in a life-threatening emergency, such as suspected stroke, heart attack, or breathing difficulties, as well as for people that are unconscious or bleeding heavily.”

The service saw a surge of emergencies over the recent Easter bank holiday weekend, responding to more than 10,000 calls over the four day break.

In total the Trust received 10,013 calls and took 5,146 people to hospital.

Herts saw the second highest number of calls in the region with 1,671 from the county, trailing only behind Essex with 3,028.