Heatwaves create large demand for ambulance service in Thurrock

NEW figures have revealed a spike in demand for the region’s ambulance service during the recent heatwave that swept across the region.

From 12th – 15th September, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received more than 11,500 emergency calls regionally, compared to 10,300 over the same period last year.

Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery for EEAST said: “Despite the increase in demand faced over recent days, our staff and volunteers have continued to deliver quality care to all of our patients and for that I want to thank them.”

​He added: “We would like to remind patients to only call us in an emergency such as a heart attack, stroke or major trauma and to otherwise consider contacting your GP, attending an urgent care centre, attending a hospital or contacting a pharmacist.”

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