More calls for ambulances
Ambulance crews are under increasing strain to respond to emergencies after it received an extra 150 calls a day compared to last year.
So far this year, the stretched South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) has been called 565,609 times, compared to 530,985 in the same period in 2013.
Bosses are now asking for the public’s help to ease strain on the service in non-emergencies.
SECAmb paramedic and senior operations manager James Pavey said: “Summer is always a busy time for us but this year it is proving particularly busy. In a real emergency we don’t want people to hesitate in dialling 999 but where someone isn’t in a serious or life-threatening condition we would expect the caller to consider other options.”
People are advised to call 111 for non-emergencies. Health advice can be given over the phone or at the nearest pharmacy or walk-in centre.