East of England: Ambulance service sees rise in 999 calls amid air pollution spike
15:51 03 April 2014
The East of England Ambulance Service has reported a slight increase in 999 calls yesterday as the region experienced high levels of air pollution.
A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) said: “Demand on Wednesday was up by 6% in comparison to recent Wednesdays. But although we were busy first thing in the morning and then early evening, it is difficult to say the air pollution was a factor as the number of patients with breathing problems and associated sickness was not markedly high.
“It’s really important that people with long-term conditions which could be exacerbated by the air quality take extra caution to help prevent their health getting worse.”
The EEAST has said that during high levels of pollution adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.
The high levels of pollutiona are being blamed on a dust cloud blown in from the Sahara.