Increase in ambulance calls over Bank Holiday weekend

Increase in ambulance calls over Bank Holiday weekend

Increase in ambulance calls over Bank Holiday weekend

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

The ambulance service reported an increase in 999 calls this Easter weekend.

East of England Ambulance Service reported 10,013 emergency calls over the bank holiday, compared to the 9,872 calls recorded over the same weekend last year.

However, the number of calls over the period fell compared to Easter 2013.

Charlotte Parker, spokesman for EEAST, said: "As expected we did see a rise in calls over the Bank Holiday weekend as families took to the roads for the Easter holidays, and people took advantage of the nice weather and time off work.

"Our call figures remained about average on Friday, but we did see a significant increase on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with approximately an extra 200 calls being taken per day compared to the average of 2,300."

"However, we did see a reduction in calls in comparison to last Easter, which occurred slightly earlier in the year than in 2014 and saw quite bad weather, which can impact on call volumes."

A total of 1,671 emergency calls were made in Hertfordshire.

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