HINCHINGBROOKE Hospital is being urged to help fund an ambulance computer system after primary care trusts pulled the financial plug on it. If the £175,000 funding gap cannot be filled by hospitals across East Anglia, the ambulance service will lose a real-time system that tells them where to take non-life-threatening cases. The computerised capacity and activity monitoring system (CAMS) tells paramedics which hospital is likely to treat emergencies most quickly, when there is a choice of A&E department. For example, a casualty on the road network in Huntingdonshire could be taken to Hinchingbrooke, Addenbrooke's in Cambridge or Peterborough District Hospital. CAMS, which has until now been funded by cash-strapped PCTs in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, tells ambulance crews how busy each A&E department is and whether beds are available if patients need to be admitted. Although the system has been in use for two years, the money is needed to pay for staff to support it and ensure it operates glitch-free, said East of England Ambulance Trust spokesman Matthew Ware.