Ambulance staff praised after surge in calls over bank holiday weekend

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Staff and volunteers at the East of England Ambulance Service have been thanked, after receiving more than 9,000 emergency calls over the bank holiday weekend.

Up by 9% compared to last year’s figures, the Trust answered a staggering 3,299 calls on Saturday (August 28), before another 2,776 came in yesterday (August 29).

More than a thousand of those calls though, came from Cambridgeshire, with 1,123 this year compared to 1,095 in 2015.

The Trust also says community first responders attended almost 300 medical emergencies over the weekend.

Sandy Brown, Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality, said: “Whilst most people were enjoying a long weekend in the sun, our staff and volunteers were working hard to help patients across the East of England.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts over the weekend. We continue to experience an increase in demand, but we coped well to provide the best possible care to patients over the bank holiday.”