Ambulance calls up on Christmas Day

Halstead Gazette: Ambulance calls up on Christmas Day Ambulance calls up on Christmas Day

ALMOST 900 people called for an ambulance in Essex on Christmas Day.

The East of England Ambulance Service dealt with 2,717 emergency calls across the region - up about 300 on an average day - with 874 in our county.

There were 40 more calls than on the same day last year, but the service thanked patients for a decrease of 360 calls across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Ambulances took 1,241 people to hospital in the region on Christmas Day, while clinical support desks in the control room were able to give health advice to more minor cases allowing many people to stay in their own home and not use an ambulance.

Rob Ashford, acting director of service delivery, said: “Our staff are working as hard as ever over the period and I’m proud of all those who have been carrying out lifesaving work for the Trust over the past few days. From our call handlers, to the crews out on the roads, and everyone else - I’d like to say a huge thank you to them all.”

The public is urged to use the non-emergency 111 number of use out-of-hours GP services and walk-in centres for non-serious illnesses, but should always dial 999 for severe cases.

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4:39pm Fri 27 Dec 13

runwellian says...

We have no confidence in the 111 service and can answer the same questions on NHS choices and make our own minds up which service we need.

There also need to be a system to run away patients with non urgent issues in A&E.

GO's all close over christmas so it appears we have to be 'sick by appointment', if indeed you can get an appointment in the first place!

Folk trust A&E because there is no guarantee of getting a GP appointment promptly.
We have no confidence in the 111 service and can answer the same questions on NHS choices and make our own minds up which service we need. There also need to be a system to run away patients with non urgent issues in A&E. GO's all close over christmas so it appears we have to be 'sick by appointment', if indeed you can get an appointment in the first place! Folk trust A&E because there is no guarantee of getting a GP appointment promptly. runwellian

5:02pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Route88 says...

runwellian wrote:
We have no confidence in the 111 service and can answer the same questions on NHS choices and make our own minds up which service we need.

There also need to be a system to run away patients with non urgent issues in A&E.

GO's all close over christmas so it appears we have to be 'sick by appointment', if indeed you can get an appointment in the first place!

Folk trust A&E because there is no guarantee of getting a GP appointment promptly.
You are absolutely right. As far as getting an appointment is concerned, my surgery is dreadful but on their website they are still able to invite more patients to join the practice!
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: We have no confidence in the 111 service and can answer the same questions on NHS choices and make our own minds up which service we need. There also need to be a system to run away patients with non urgent issues in A&E. GO's all close over christmas so it appears we have to be 'sick by appointment', if indeed you can get an appointment in the first place! Folk trust A&E because there is no guarantee of getting a GP appointment promptly.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right. As far as getting an appointment is concerned, my surgery is dreadful but on their website they are still able to invite more patients to join the practice! Route88

10:00am Sat 28 Dec 13

King of theft says...

I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley!
I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley! King of theft

10:25am Sat 28 Dec 13

sosad 1 says...

King of theft wrote:
I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley!
not funny you idiot!
[quote][p][bold]King of theft[/bold] wrote: I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley![/p][/quote]not funny you idiot! sosad 1

11:04am Sat 28 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

You will never get a socialist service from a tory administration.plast
er and waffle is the order today.whats the latest on the big changes? Does anybody know?
You will never get a socialist service from a tory administration.plast er and waffle is the order today.whats the latest on the big changes? Does anybody know? stevedawson

4:10pm Sat 28 Dec 13

runwellian says...

Route88 wrote:
runwellian wrote:
We have no confidence in the 111 service and can answer the same questions on NHS choices and make our own minds up which service we need.

There also need to be a system to run away patients with non urgent issues in A&E.

GO's all close over christmas so it appears we have to be 'sick by appointment', if indeed you can get an appointment in the first place!

Folk trust A&E because there is no guarantee of getting a GP appointment promptly.
You are absolutely right. As far as getting an appointment is concerned, my surgery is dreadful but on their website they are still able to invite more patients to join the practice!
They keep taking on more patients because they lose money if they close the list.

GP 's should have a cap on the numbers of patients per GP, depending on how many full time GP hours they have available to offer appointments. If they cannot meet demand the list should be closed until they can.

Of course demand exceeds availability but the government expect GP's to work 24/7 whilst hospital clinics and consultants only work office hours!
[quote][p][bold]Route88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: We have no confidence in the 111 service and can answer the same questions on NHS choices and make our own minds up which service we need. There also need to be a system to run away patients with non urgent issues in A&E. GO's all close over christmas so it appears we have to be 'sick by appointment', if indeed you can get an appointment in the first place! Folk trust A&E because there is no guarantee of getting a GP appointment promptly.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right. As far as getting an appointment is concerned, my surgery is dreadful but on their website they are still able to invite more patients to join the practice![/p][/quote]They keep taking on more patients because they lose money if they close the list. GP 's should have a cap on the numbers of patients per GP, depending on how many full time GP hours they have available to offer appointments. If they cannot meet demand the list should be closed until they can. Of course demand exceeds availability but the government expect GP's to work 24/7 whilst hospital clinics and consultants only work office hours! runwellian

5:33pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Almeda11 says...

King of theft wrote:
I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley!
What an irresponsible idiot you are !! Are you even aware, or do you even care or think about it, that while an ambulance was being deployed for a non existent case, that a person who was REALLY ill, maybe having a heat attack, could have been denied an ambulance and could have died, because of your moronic act?

HOW people like you get to be that way l`ll never know, but l`m sure if it was someone close to you that had died because some other moron had done what you did ---- l wonder how you would feel then ? THINK about it !!!
[quote][p][bold]King of theft[/bold] wrote: I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley![/p][/quote]What an irresponsible idiot you are !! Are you even aware, or do you even care or think about it, that while an ambulance was being deployed for a non existent case, that a person who was REALLY ill, maybe having a heat attack, could have been denied an ambulance and could have died, because of your moronic act? HOW people like you get to be that way l`ll never know, but l`m sure if it was someone close to you that had died because some other moron had done what you did ---- l wonder how you would feel then ? THINK about it !!! Almeda11

11:44pm Sat 28 Dec 13

_Lotus_ says...

King of theft wrote:
I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley!
Take no notice of anything King of theft writes, they are a troll deliberately trying to wind people up.
[quote][p][bold]King of theft[/bold] wrote: I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley![/p][/quote]Take no notice of anything King of theft writes, they are a troll deliberately trying to wind people up. _Lotus_

6:15pm Sun 29 Dec 13

King of theft says...

Almeda11 wrote:
King of theft wrote:
I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley!
What an irresponsible idiot you are !! Are you even aware, or do you even care or think about it, that while an ambulance was being deployed for a non existent case, that a person who was REALLY ill, maybe having a heat attack, could have been denied an ambulance and could have died, because of your moronic act?

HOW people like you get to be that way l`ll never know, but l`m sure if it was someone close to you that had died because some other moron had done what you did ---- l wonder how you would feel then ? THINK about it !!!
Just a bit of banter ain't it.
[quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King of theft[/bold] wrote: I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley![/p][/quote]What an irresponsible idiot you are !! Are you even aware, or do you even care or think about it, that while an ambulance was being deployed for a non existent case, that a person who was REALLY ill, maybe having a heat attack, could have been denied an ambulance and could have died, because of your moronic act? HOW people like you get to be that way l`ll never know, but l`m sure if it was someone close to you that had died because some other moron had done what you did ---- l wonder how you would feel then ? THINK about it !!![/p][/quote]Just a bit of banter ain't it. King of theft

6:56pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Almeda11 says...

King of theft wrote:
Almeda11 wrote:
King of theft wrote: I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley!
What an irresponsible idiot you are !! Are you even aware, or do you even care or think about it, that while an ambulance was being deployed for a non existent case, that a person who was REALLY ill, maybe having a heat attack, could have been denied an ambulance and could have died, because of your moronic act? HOW people like you get to be that way l`ll never know, but l`m sure if it was someone close to you that had died because some other moron had done what you did ---- l wonder how you would feel then ? THINK about it !!!
Just a bit of banter ain't it.
NO, not if you really did it ! Don`t you have anything better to do with your life?
Try, you might surprise yourself !
[quote][p][bold]King of theft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Almeda11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King of theft[/bold] wrote: I phoned up an ambulance for a laugh once when I saw a football player get injured on TV during the FA cup final. They said where is the location you need an ambulance to be sent to, and I said Wembley![/p][/quote]What an irresponsible idiot you are !! Are you even aware, or do you even care or think about it, that while an ambulance was being deployed for a non existent case, that a person who was REALLY ill, maybe having a heat attack, could have been denied an ambulance and could have died, because of your moronic act? HOW people like you get to be that way l`ll never know, but l`m sure if it was someone close to you that had died because some other moron had done what you did ---- l wonder how you would feel then ? THINK about it !!![/p][/quote]Just a bit of banter ain't it.[/p][/quote]NO, not if you really did it ! Don`t you have anything better to do with your life? Try, you might surprise yourself ! Almeda11

10:01pm Sun 29 Dec 13

ary1042 says...

Our two week old grandson all but stopped breathing on Christmas Day evening. The ambulance was here in literally minutes and whisked him to hospital where he was diagnosed with Bronchitis. He is still in hospital as I write this but is improving well so should be home in a day or two.
Many thanks to the ambulance service and all the other emergency workers who were working over this busy time.
Our two week old grandson all but stopped breathing on Christmas Day evening. The ambulance was here in literally minutes and whisked him to hospital where he was diagnosed with Bronchitis. He is still in hospital as I write this but is improving well so should be home in a day or two. Many thanks to the ambulance service and all the other emergency workers who were working over this busy time. ary1042

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