Non-emergency calls accounted for nearly a quarter of 999 calls this weekend

THE Welsh Ambulance Service Trust remains very busy following the declaration last week of a Business Continuity Incident whereby demand outstripped capacity to respond. This weekend alone (24-26 July) the Trust received over 4,400 calls, many of which (22%) fell into the lowest acuity ‘Green’ calls category. This was an increase of 4% on the previous weekend (July...

Welsh Ambulance Service asks public to download life-saving what3words app

THE Welsh Ambulance Service is asking the public to download a life-saving app which helps it to find people in remote locations in an emergency. The Trust has used what3words to locate more than 800 ill or injured people in hard-to-reach areas since it introduced the technology in February 2020. what3words has divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares, and has given...

Double-vaccinated paramedic with Covid-19 urges people to remain vigilant

A DOUBLE-vaccinated paramedic who has been struck down by Covid-19 is urging others to remain vigilant against the virus. Mum-of-two Amanda Williams, of Swansea, tested positive for the virus on Tuesday after developing a dry cough. The 56-year-old has since developed symptoms which have left her bed-bound including stomach cramps, a sore throat, headache, tiredness and nausea. Amanda,...

Extreme pressures lead to business continuity incident

EXTREME pressures on the Welsh Ambulance Service yesterday meant it had to declare a ‘business continuity incident’. The Trust has been receiving in the region of 2,000 calls per day via 999 for the last three days. Incidents yesterday were nine per cent higher than predicted, up 11 per cent from last Monday (12 July, 2021) and up 29 per cent from the same Monday...