Ambulance crews under pressure as emergency calls rise.
There was no time for trick or treating for ambulance staff overnight after they had a scarily busy Halloween.
With call numbers over 25% up on the previous weekend, the additional crews that had been put on shift were kept more than busy answering 999 calls. Emergency Services Director, Craig Cooke, said: “We knew this was likely to be a very busy time for us so we put considerably more ambulances on duty than we would normally have done, but it was still extremely busy for our staff.
“Our staff had to deal with a number of very serious incidents during this period, but did so with care, compassion and tremendous skill.I’d also pay tribute to the way they use their skills to ensure patients get the most appropriate treatment for their condition. This ensures only those that need to go to hospital do so, thus reducing pressure on other parts of the heath service.
Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, added:“I’d like to thank all of the staff and volunteers who have worked this weekend for their very considerable efforts dealing with such a large number of 999 calls. It is only by everyone pulling together that we have been able to provide the best care possible despite being one of the busiest nights of the year.”