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More than 5,000 calls to Guernsey ambulance service so far this year

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It's been revealed that more than 5,000 calls have been made to Guernsey's ambulance service so far this year.

Demand has continued to rise for St John Emergency Ambulance Service where over 500 calls were made in March alone.

Across the year, nearly 1,500 calls were "Priority One" - meaning the cases were life threatening.

Some staff members were called to work in the middle of the night, and at weekends, to respond to emergencies when there was high demand.

I am pleased that we have been able to continue to provide the high standards of care that islanders have rightly come to expect from the Emergency Ambulance Service. I would like to thank all the staff who have worked hard to maintain the service during these busy periods.

– Ali Marquis, Guernsey's St John Emergency Ambulance Service's Chief Officer

Winter pressures at the start of the year have been partly blamed for the higher number of call outs.

Falls have also led to more demand.