Yorkshire Ambulance Service have declared a “major incident” amid worsening weather conditions and a surge in coronavirus patients.
According to the Independent newspaper Yorkshire mbulance Service are receiving a high volume in 999 calls and the heavy snow is severly impacting their operations.
A message sent to staff seen by the Independent said, “Heavy snow is currently affecting north, west and south Yorkshire and having a severe impact on our operations.
“We are implementing a number of actions in order to protect our core services for patients and respond to the ongoing demand, including increasing our 4×4 capacity, implementing mutual aid arrangements and identifying staff who would be available at work at short notice.”
Most of Yorkshire is at standstill as heavy snow has hit the area which will last overnight.
The Met Office have issued a yellow “be aware”warning for snow and ice which will remain in place until 9pm in Yorkshire.
The ambluance service have advised staff to allow enough time to get to work and prepare for the weather.
Staff were told in a message, “We have a duty of care to our patients to continue to provide safe and responsive services.
“They will be relying on us to be there for them so we urge you to build some resilience into your own travel-to-work plans.”