Surge in 999 calls to ambulance service during May Day bank holiday

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More 999 calls were made to the ambulance service from Norfolk and Cambridgeshire during this year's May Day bank holiday, compared with the same time last year.

There were fewer 999 calls from people in Suffolk to staff from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) this May bank holiday, compared with the same period in 2016.

Over the weekend, 1,454 emergency calls came from Norfolk, 1,200 came from Cambridgeshire and 1,142 came from Suffolk.

During the 2016 May Day bank holiday, 1,400 emergency calls came from Norfolk, 1,185 came from Cambridgeshire and 1,182 came from Suffolk.

The EEAST covers Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertforshire and it received almost 9,000 emergency calls over the three-day holiday.

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Sunday was the busiest day of the weekend with more than 3,100 calls received.

The trust sent a response to 2,305 incidents that day.

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Community first responders also attended to 358 medical emergencies over the three-day weekend.

Robert Morton, EEAST chief executive, said: 'While many people in the East of England were enjoying an extended weekend, our managers, staff and volunteers were working hard to provide the best possible care to our patients.

'I'd like to pay tribute to them for their efforts and dedication on what was another busy weekend for the service.'

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