Increase in Easter ambulance calls in region

East of England Ambulance Service.

East of England Ambulance Service. - Credit: Archant

This Easter saw the ambulance service deal with a 7.7pc increase in calls compared to the same long weekend last year.

Ambulance bosses praised staff for their commitment to patients, during a period when most people were enjoying the bank holidays.

In total, the East of England Ambulance Service received 11,080 emergency calls over the weekend, compared to 10,109 in the same period last year.

Of those, the service responded to 8,929 incidents between Good Friday and the end of Easter Monday; the figure for 2014 was 8,108.

Chief executive Anthony Marsh said: 'Whilst so many people have been enjoying their Easter holidays, our staff and volunteers have been working hard to provide the best possible care to patients across the region.

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'Bank holidays are always a busy period for the ambulance service, but we were well prepared and I'm proud of all our staff and volunteers who have been carrying out life-saving work for patients and the public in the region this Easter.'

In Norfolk, there were 1,722 calls, compared to 1,599 in 2014. Cambridge saw a 13.2pc increase in calls, from 1,295 to 1,466, while calls in Suffolk increased by 1pc, from 1,309 to 1,322.

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High-profile incidents the ambulance service were called out to included a car crash in Marlingford, west of Norwich, on Saturday morning, which killed a man in his 20s, and a suspected gas leak at Barnham Broom Hotel on Saturday afternoon, which the Hazardous Area Response Team also attended, and ended with four chefs going to hospital.

What do you think of the ambulance service? Write (giving your full contact details) to: The Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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