South West Ambulance expects 10,000+ calls this weekend

South West Ambulance expects 10,000+ calls this weekend

Published by George Sharpe at 1:26pm 23rd August 2019.

Paramedics at SWASFT are urging us to use the service wisely this bank holiday.

They're expecting more than 10,690 incidents over the bank holiday weekend, and they're making more staff available accordingly.

Their advice is if you need medical help is to think carefully before dialing 999 for an emergency ambulance.

Examples of situations when you should call 999 include:

  • Choking
  • Chest Pain
  • Stroke
  • Serious Blood Loss
  • Unconsciousness

Chief Executive for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Ken Wenman, said;

"As the August bank holiday approaches us we are predicting a busy time ahead.  Although we have more resources out, we only have a finite number of ambulances and highly-trained paramedic crews available. This means we will, as always, prioritise and focus on those patients in a time-critical life-threatening condition.
"We're committed to delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time for the 5.5 million residents and an estimated 23 million visitors we serve in our region. But we'd like to ask the public to stop and think 'is this an emergency?' before dialing 999."

Alternative healthcare options for less serious conditions include: visiting your pharmacy, visiting a Minor Injuries Unit (MRU) or NHS walk-in centre, or calling NHS111.