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Suffolk: Ambulance crews are busier than ever

PUBLISHED: 06:00 19 December 2012

Emergency crews busier than ever

Emergency crews busier than ever

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PARAMEDICS endured their busiest weekend ever – leaving ambulance chiefs urging people to only dial 999 in emergencies.

In Suffolk crews attended 705 calls from Friday to Sunday, compared to 636 the previous weekend (a ten per cent rise) and 617 on the same weekend (a 14pc rise) last year.

Director of emergency operations Neil Storey said: “We really hope these figures allow people to take stock of just how many incidents we’re called to, at a time when we’re managing resources as best we can to ensure the most seriously ill are attended first.

“Our call volume tends to increase during this time of year because people are out celebrating, might become ill, or be involved in an accident that could have been avoided.

“We obviously don’t want them to get into that situation in the first place, and for those who have just been sick or feel just a little worse for wear, they need to consider alternatives to automatically using 999.”

Jaywick is set to be taken into the new Clacton and Harwich constituency under the latest parliamentary boundary change proposals.

A remarkable Colchester 10-year-girl was recognised for her bravery at a prestigious national awards ceremony on Monday night, supported by Prince Harry.

Hundreds got the chance to meet Cardinal Wolsey in the flesh at Christchurch Park in Ipswich at the weekend.

The Duchess of Cambridge put her morning sickness behind her when Paddington Bear asked her for a dance - and she revealed she was fleet of foot.

Proposals for a new £710,000 resource centre for people with life-limiting illnesses in north Suffolk have suffered a setback – and fresh plans will have to be drawn up.

Lifesaving skills were taught to pupils at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook today as part of Restart a Heart Day.

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