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British Army drafted in to help ambulance service after ‘critical incident’ declared

by LLB staff reporter
11th Aug 21 2:03 pm

The ambulance service has seen a spike a in 999 calls with two a minute after staycations has contributed to the rise.

The military have been drafted in to help South Western Ambulance NHS Trust following a surge in staycation visits.

They declared a “critical incident” following “extreme pressures” in May, with the busiest day being recorded on 18 June after there 3,522 999 calls in one day.

South Western Ambulance NHS Trust assistant director of operations, Wayne Darch said, “With the NHS in the South West facing increasing demand, we are using tried and tested methods to alleviate pressures on services so everyone will continue to get the care they need.

“This includes a small number of military personnel to help us get more of our vehicles back on the road, getting people the urgent care and treatment they need sooner.”

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