More calls for am­bu­lances

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Winning Visit -

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.

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