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East of England: Busy bank holiday for ambulance crews as calls rise by over 1,000

PUBLISHED: 14:31 06 May 2014 | UPDATED: 20:09 06 May 2014

Ambulance calls were up by a quarter over the bank holiday weekend

Ambulance calls were up by a quarter over the bank holiday weekend

Demand for help from the ambulance service in the East over the bank holiday weekend rose by more than 1,000 calls above average.

More than 8,000 calls were received by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) over the long weekend, with falls the main reason for people calling.

Of those, 994 were received from Suffolk and 2,548 from Essex with 1,222 received from Norfolk.

A spokesperson for EEAST said: “As expected, we did see an increase in calls over the bank holiday.

“We received 177 calls about road traffic collisions, 1,256 calls relating to people who had fallen, 70 for cardiac arrests and 29 about allergic reactions - to name but a few.

“We’d like to thank all of our staff for their hard work over this busy bank holiday and remind people that if they do need health advice but it is not a life-threatening emergency, they can call 111 for further help.”

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At the same weekend last year, 7,732 emergency calls were received.

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