South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Basis Belief, (SECAmb), thanked its employees and volunteers for his or her efforts and ongoing dedication following a particularly difficult yr.
A spokesman stated: “The service additionally thanks the general public for its continued help and is urging everybody to proceed to observe all the newest coronavirus restrictions and steering of their space to restrict the unfold of the virus.”
SECAmb Chief Government Officer, Philip Astle, stated: “I want to take this chance to publicly thank everybody who works for SECAmb in addition to our many volunteers whose help in the course of the pandemic has been extra invaluable than ever.
“I’d additionally prefer to thank our colleagues within the wider NHS and people of our associate organisations for his or her continued help.
“2020 has been a particularly difficult yr and we all know that whereas the vaccine gives us with an opportunity to think about an finish to the pandemic, it’s clear that proper now we should all proceed to work collectively to cease the unfold of the virus.
“I’m extremely proud and humbled by the work that I see happening throughout our area each day. I’m usually overwhelmed by the dedication and the resilience proven by everybody to make sure that we’re there for our sufferers but additionally for one another.
“2020 has highlighted to me to a fair better extent the dedication, talent and dedication of our employees and volunteers no matter their position at SECAmb. I want everybody a protected and pleased new yr.”
SECAmb continues to expertise important stress and is working onerous to achieve everybody who wants assist as shortly as potential, a spokesman stated.
He added: “Whereas name quantity within the first few hours of 2021 was down on final yr, over the course of 24 hours on New Yr’s Eve, SECAmb answered greater than 2,700 calls – a rise of greater than 200 in comparison with the identical interval final yr.
“SECAmb want to thank the massive majority of people that adopted the recommendation to see within the new yr safely at house.”
Persons are urged to proceed to assist by solely calling 999 within the occasion of a critical or life-threatening emergency and by chatting with their GP or utilizing NHS 111 for much less critical issues, the spokesman stated. Assist is out there on-line at 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111 if you happen to can’t get on-line.