Major Ambulance Trust declares ‘critical incident’ due to ‘extreme pressure’ on service

The South Central Ambulance Service this morning declared a “critical incident” due to the extreme pressure, saying it would “prioritize patients with life-threatening injuries and illnesses”.

An ambulance trust called one "catastrophe"
An ambulance trust has called a “critical incident”.

An ambulance trust this morning declared a “critical incident” due to the extreme pressure.

The South Central Ambulance Service said it was forced to “priority to patients with life-threatening injuries and illnesses.”

It tweeted: “Our staff are working extremely hard to respond to calls and manage the situation and we continue to prioritize patients with life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

“Reporting a critical incident allows us to focus our resources on the patients most in need and communicate to our patients and healthcare partners the pressures we are under.”

The service urged the community to only call 999 in life-threatening or serious emergencies.

People are asked to call 999 only in life-threatening cases

It comes after the Trust made other announcements of “increased demand” in recent weeks.

Yesterday, the Broadlands Birth Center at Princess Anne Hospital had to suspend its home birth services as SCAS experienced “a higher than normal call volume”.

There have also been many cases across the country, with people waiting long hours for ambulances as life-threatening cases have been prioritised.

Last month aAn elderly man was left “groaning in agony” on the pavement during a 10-hour wait for an ambulance in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.

Pensioner Emlyn Roberts fell while walking down a street in Colwyn Bay town center and the public found him lying on the pavement complaining of hip pain.

When they called an ambulance, the caller told them to expect delays.

An ambulance finally arrived just before 11 p.m. – he had been lying on the hard floor for more than ten hours, said his sister-in-law Lynn Roberts.

There have been instances of ambulance delays across the country



And a pensioner was left “screaming in pain” as he waited for paramedics after falling down the stairs and sustaining a broken hip in East Renfrewshire.

Zhanna Marchenko waited nearly four hours for an ambulance to arrive on the evening of March 20 while she lay in agony on the floor of her home.

The pensioner, 87, who has dementia, had fallen down a flight of stairs near her home and was found around 8:20 p.m. by a neighbor who immediately called an ambulance.

Zhanna’s daughter Zanna Marczenko arrived ten minutes later to find her mother lying on the concrete “screaming in pain” when she moved. The Daily Record reports.

The terrified 57-year-old, who feared her mother was dying before her eyes, called emergency services twice more to ask for an ambulance.

Ambulance crews responded to their calls once, meaning there were a total of four calls before help finally arrived.

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