High temperatures see 999 calls soar in East Anglia

A very hot and sunny Gorleston beach. July 2016. Picture: James Bass

A very hot and sunny Gorleston beach. July 2016. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

The region's ambulance service has experienced a surge in 999 calls as East Anglia have basked in scorching temperatures.

As the mercury has climbed, emergency call handlers at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) have experienced one of their busiest ever weeks.

The trust received more than 3,400 calls on Tuesday, the hottest day of the year so far – compared with just 2,800 the same day last week.

And between Friday July 15 and Tuesday (19th July), the EEAST received more than 16,700 calls, a daily average of around 3,350.

In the wake of the spike, the service has issued a series of summer health tips:

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•Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.

•Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm if you've vulnerable to the effects of heat.

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•Stay in touch with friends, neighbours, and relatives who may be less able to look after themselves.

•Drink cool drinks regularly such as water and avoid excess caffeine and alcohol.

•Wear sun cream.

The ambulance service also urged people to think about which NHS service they need during this period, reminding people that is they need medical help and it is not an emergency to call 111.

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