Emergency Alert At London Ambulance Service

London ambulanceThe combination of a heatwave and surge in COVID cases has pushed the London Ambulance Service to issue a ‘black alert’ warning to indicate that the service is struggling to meet the increase in demand. 

Monday saw 999 calls increase by a third with over 400 recorded in a single hour and calls were unanswered for several minutes. 4 trusts issued ‘black alerts’ and reported queues for admission with waits of up to 15 hours.

High temperatures such as the UK has experienced this week tend to cause a variety of health issues, but at a time when COVID infections are rising, this has created an extremely difficult situation. The situation is made more difficult by staff absences due to many having to self-isolate due to being ‘pinged, while others are off sick;. July/August is also a time when many take annual leave to enjoy the summer holidays, adding further strain to the resource issues.

Londoners in need of medical help are asked to only call 999 in case of a life-threatening emergency. The advice is to visit the NHS 111 website in the first instance where possible.

Natasha Wills, Gold Commander of the London Ambulance Service, told the Standard:

“We are always busy when the weather heats up and, with the lifting of restrictions, there are a lot more people out and about.

“Our call volume has gone up. We have seen a significant increase in demand for our services. We are trying to work out if this is the ‘new normal’.

“The 111 website is where people will get good advice. Sitting waiting for an ambulance might not be what they need.”

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