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Ambulance call-outs up 14% on last year

There were 528 emergency callouts for the ambulance on Scilly between November 2017 and October 2018, an increase of 14% on last year.

Mainland Cornwall had an increase of less than 0.3%, according to an annual review of the service presented at December 6th's Scrutiny Committee meeting.

The report by Geoff Griffin, County Commander for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, reads in part: "Since the introduction of the current staffing group of five Paramedics and the equivalent of almost one full-time Emergency Care Assistant (ECA), we have seen a steady increase in the 999 workload on the islands to 528 emergency incidents between November 2017 and October 2018 (inclusive), with comparative increases during the peak season.

"This is against the activity for the same period 2016/17 of 462. It is evident that the number of incidents has not increased month on month, instead it appears to be focused around increases in population such as the mainland school holidays and summer months."

He added that "further assessment of the data would be necessary to understand the origin of these calls and the unusual demand change on the Isles of Scilly".

Geoff concluded his review of the service by praising the islands' ambulance service.

He wrote: "It is the view of the presenter that the Isles of Scilly has an excellent provision for emergency care, arguably better per head of population than the mainland. The Trust responds to issues as they are raised, although on occasion it is difficult due to location, topography or constraints of travel and accommodation."

After the report was presented, Cllr Dan Marcus described the September statistics as "quite staggering", saying they represent two calls a day.


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