Weather turns on the heat for ambulance

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As the temperatures soared over the bank holiday weekend, so did the casualties and Norfolk bore the brunt.

East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) took 7,732 calls between Saturday and Monday, compared to Mayday 2012’s 7,329 calls. Of the 403 increase, more than 55 per cent were in Norfolk.

Last year’s bank holiday was wet and cold, but this year saw temperatures rise from 16C on Saturday to 22C across Suffolk and Norfolk on Monday, and it shows in the figures.

As the forests, broads and beaches of Norfolk tempted visitors, the county’s ambulance crews dealt with 1,121 calls, up 224 from 2012. In Suffolk the 881 calls were up 175.

Neil Storey, EEAST director of operations, said: “Treating nearly 8,000 patients in one weekend and dealing with about 400 more calls than last year does put staff under pressure, especially for those working in the warm weather, so I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment in providing the best service possible to our patients.

“Between the control room staff and colleagues out on the road, as well as the non-emergency services and NHS partners, we were able to deal with this steady but busy weekend really well.”