Sea­sonal surge in 999 am­bu­lance calls

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? -

AM­BU­LANCE crews are to be stepped up as the 999 ser­vice fights a surge in call­outs.

More front­line crews and a re­de­ploy­ment of clin­i­cally trained staff to caller hotspots are the main mea­sures be­ing in­tro­duced by South East Coast Am­bu­lance Ser­vice NHS Trust (SECAmb) to deal with high lev­els of de­mand.

The ser­vice re­ceives about half a mil­lion 999 calls an­nu­ally across its re­gion of Kent, Sus­sex and Sur­rey.

But de­mand over the last few weeks has been par­tic­u­larly high, with an in­crease in de­mand of 15 per cent in De­cem­ber – 10 per cent more than planned for – forc­ing SECAmb to take action.

The trust is ask­ing the pub­lic for help by ask­ing them to ques­tion whether they have a gen­uine rea­son to make a 999 call.

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