South West Ambulances - a Reminder!


14,340 incidents in four days

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is reminding people to only call 999 in a medical emergency when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

The Trust has been responding to a high number of incidents with demand for the service increasing during the past month.

SWASFT dealt with 14,340 incidents between Friday 7th and Tuesday 11th August. This is 13.8% higher than the same period last year.

The Trust is encouraging people to use the ambulance service wisely and to make appropriate use of other healthcare options. It warns that continued high call volumes could delay help to those patients most in need of emergency care.

The service is reminding people to call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk. For less-serious medical incidents, contact NHS 111 by phone or online to make sure you get the right treatment.


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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!