Demand on the 999 ambulance service that covers Peterborough peaked on New Year s Day and bosses are urging people to be winter wise to help support their own care as winter takes a hold.
Call handlers dealt with 3,345 calls in control rooms at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) on 1st January and took 956 calls alone between midnight and 5am.
In 2015, the figure for New Year’s Day was marginally higher at 3,376 and was the busiest day of last year.
Chief Executive Robert Morton said: “As we look to the rest of winter now, we want those more at risk to ensure they’ve had their flu jab, that people are well prepared for adverse weather, and that communities pull together to ensure the health and safety of one another doesn t drop down the list of priorities.”
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The breakdown of calls and responses for the region on New Year s Day were as follows (last year s in brackets):
Bedfordshire: 368 (307)
Cambridgeshire: 495 (477)
Essex: 1, 011 (1,050)
Hertfordshire: 538 (581)
Norfolk: 512 (510)
Suffolk : 421 (451)