The organisation has reminded Islanders to solely make contact in a ‘real emergency’, to assist ease the demand positioned on native response groups.
Round 4,500 calls have been made to the Mixed Management Centre thus far this 12 months, with 1,009 in April alone requesting ambulance help – a rise of 225 when in comparison with the identical month final 12 months.
Senior ambulance officer Gordon Hunt mentioned that, though the organisation would proceed to reply with ‘applicable urgency and precedence’, it had seen an increase within the variety of ‘decrease degree signs’ being reported.
‘These embrace requires generalised sickness reminiscent of coughs, colds, chest infections and minor damage; placing an pointless pressure on our groups,’ he mentioned.
‘We’ve got been working extraordinarily arduous to guard and help our group through the pandemic and would now ask Islanders to help us by solely utilizing the 999 service for a real emergency, in order that we will focus our efforts on responding to, and caring for, these people who find themselves affected by life-threatening or life-changing occasions.’
To assist handle the extra strain stemming from the pandemic, St John Ambulance Jersey stepped in final 12 months to help the service – which included collectively crewing front-line ambulances.
Commandery president Diana Mossop mentioned that the charity ‘was all the time there’ as a back-up and that it was ready to take action once more if needed.
‘At any time when there’s a want we provide up, not simply our ambulances, however the expertise of our distinctive volunteers,’ she mentioned.