Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Ambulances On Brink Of 'Major Incident'

ambulance
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

10:10am 29th December 2014
(Updated 10:10am 29th December 2014)

Cornwall's ambulance bosses admit they were on the brink of declaring a major incident.

It is after the southwest service got more than a 140 calls for help an hour over the weekend.

Today is expected to be one of the busiest of the year at A&E, but ambulance officials have now stood down their preparations for a major incident.

The Southwestern Ambulance Service warned Pirate FM it was getting 2,500 calls a day in the run up to Christmas.

It released examples of some of the time wasting calls it received in a bid to make people think twice about dialling 999.

But, on Saturday, call levels increased to 3,500.

It is being put down to the long Christmas weekend when GPs and pharmacies have been shut.

There is concern some A and E departments may see record attendance today.

Waiting time figures have peaked in recent weeks, with many units struggling to treat patients in the four-hour target.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "All NHS services, including 999 and NHS 111, are experiencing extremely high demand today. If you are suffering a life-threatening emergency or need urgent medical help then please call. However, if not, please think about the other healthcare options available, such as self-care or visiting a pharmacy, or please consider whether your problem could wait until your own GP surgery reopens on Monday.

"Please be aware that even if you call 999, unless you are suffering a life-threatening emergency, you may not receive an emergency ambulance. Your call will be triaged by an experienced senior clinician and you will be given the most appropriate advice for your condition.

"If when calling NHS 111 with an urgent medical problem, you receive a message saying there is a technical failure and get disconnected, please retry. There is no technical failure it is simply due to demand. Please be reassured that your call will be answered as soon as possible."

MP for St Ives and Liberal Democrat member of the Commons Health Select Committee, Andrew George said: "I have already asked health ministers to make sure that the Ambulance Trust is receiving all of the help it deserves in dealing with the unprecedented demand during the last 4 days, while 'in hours' GP surgeries and other non-urgent medical services have been unavailable.

"Unlike so many other areas of the country, like the London area or the Midlands, our emergency services can't call upon 'neighbouring' services to help out. My own area is more than 200 miles from the nearest neighbour. So it leaves my constituents especially vulnerable.

"Once this immediate crisis is over I will be urging Health chiefs and ministers to reflect on the trends which are contributing to these pressures."

10:10am 29th December 2014

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

: : Name: Email: Phone number: Message: Images:
Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Suggested articles
sea search

Dumped distress beacon sparks major sea search

Lifeboats launched huge sweep of Mount's Bay

falmouth crash

Air ambulance called to crash in Falmouth

One person in hospital after it shut a main road

Most read
a39 crash near truro

UPDATE: Serious crash closes busy Cornwall road

Man 'critical' after four cars hit near Truro

rain

WATCH: Torrential downpours to hit Cornwall

A weather warning is out for the bank holiday...

Top articles

BREAKING: Pedestrians in hospital after crash

Cornwall News: Toddler injured after trailer collision in St Ives

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

UK Govt 'was warned about danger of British extremists returning home'

National News: Experienced fighters who volunteered to battle against dictators say they have been warning the British government about the dangers that young men radicalised in combat posed to national security.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Social media would have 'put a stop' to Sex Pistols

Showbiz News: It is four decades since the Sex Pistols brought out their anti-establishment anthem God Save The Queen - the ultimate publicity stunt and an unforgettable moment in music history.

Egypt launches strikes on Libya 'terror camps' after bus attack

World News: Egypt has launched airstrikes on "terror camps" in Libya in response to the slaughter of Coptic Christians earlier on Friday.

WWE cancels Manchester event after arena bombing

Sports News: WWE has cancelled a tour event at the Manchester Arena next month following Monday's terror attack.

Tree-climbing, seed-spitting goats aid farming in Morocco

Strange News: It's tough for trees to thrive in the semi-desert Sous valley region of southern Morocco, but scientists have found that some might be getting a helping hand from an unlikely source.

Newer article

VIDEO: Cornwall News Headlines - 29th December 2014

Cornwall News: Cornwall’s Ambulance bosses are on the brink of declaring a major incident. Find out more, and watch the rest of today's top headlines from the Cornwall Newscentre with Tristan Hunkin.

Older article

Ice Warning As Cornwall Slips Back To Work

Cornwall News: Gritters have been out overnight and first thing this morning

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.