South Western Ambulance Service declares major incident

The South Western Ambulance Service has declared a major incident due to “extreme levels of pressure”.

Chloe Parkman www.devonlive.com

In a letter sent to staff, the ambulance service is urging any staff members, who are able to provide additional service either day or night, to come forward immediately.

In a statement within the letter, a spokesperson for South Western Ambulance Service said: “South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust have declared a Major Incident. This is due to extreme levels of pressure.

“Any SWAST staff member who is able to provide additional support for both days and nights, please contact the ROC directly.

“Thank you.

“South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.”

And, it is not the first time the ambulance service has made an announcement of the kind.

Back in May, South Western Ambulance Service declared a critical incident due to “extreme pressures” on paramedics in the region.

The NHS Foundation Trust tweeted that some patients may need to wait longer for an ambulance while others might need to seek help elsewhere.

In a statement on Twitter, a spokesperson for the ambulance said: “We have declared a critical incident due to extreme pressures on our service.

“As a result, some patients may wait longer for an ambulance while others could be advised to access alternative services if their call is not life-threatening.

“We need you to only call 999 in a genuine, life-threatening emergency so we can help those most in need.”

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