High period of demand on Liberation Day

The St John Emergency Ambulance Service experienced a busy period of demand on Liberation Day.

Medical crews responded to a total of twenty-seven calls in the 24 hours between midnight on Wednesday 8th and midnight on Thursday 9th May.

 The majority of calls were for medical cases and falls, and not related to the Liberation Day events. At one point extra off-duty staff were called in to maintain resilience, as is normal procedure at times of high demand.

 The ambulance service also experienced a higher than average number of calls over the May Bank Holiday weekend, with additional staff allocated to help cover public events.

 Chief Ambulance Officer Mark Mapp said “I am grateful to the staff who were working and away from their families over the bank holiday weekend and on Liberation Day. We have a long established contingencies to cope in these busy periods and I’d also like to thank the off-duty staff who responded to the call to return to work.”

In addition to the full time clinicians on duty with the emergency ambulance service more than twenty St John volunteers were also on duty in St Peter Port providing medical cover for islanders celebrating Liberation Day in town.