Ambulance service takes 1,200 more calls than over same period last year

Ambulances stacking up outside A&E at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on a previous nigh

Ambulances stacking up outside A&E at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on a previous night. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The ambulance service has taken 1,200 more calls today than it did during the same time last year.

Kevin Brown, director of service delivery at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), tweeted the figures today.

He said calls taken today have so far exceeded 3,600. Meanwhile between 10pm on December 31 and 5am today, there were 1,361 999 calls.

It comes just days after the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) took a record number of calls over Christmas.

Alan Whitehead, the trust's head of service development, engagement and improvement, has also tweeted about the situation across the region today.

He said: 'Most Hospitals under severe pressure across EEAST please use alternatives to A&E, dialing 999 will not get you fast tracked or seen quicker.'

Earlier today, there were seven ambulances queued up outside the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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