On Friday, the Mayor of London declared a major incident for London as the capital battles the spread of COVID-19. Like NHS organisations across the capital, demand for our services has risen sharply over the past weeks and we are now taking around 8,000 999 calls a day compared to 5,500 on a typical ‘busy’ day.
Our staff and volunteers across the Trust are facing extreme pressure as they work incredibly hard to go above and beyond to care for Londoners in need.
How you can help
As a leader of your community, we would greatly appreciate your help in reinforcing both NHS public health messaging about Coronavirus and the importance of calling 999 only in a life-threatening emergency. By helping direct the public to www.111.nhs.uk first for urgent medical advice, you can help us get ambulances to those requiring emergency assistance.
We would be grateful if you could share our suggested key messages with your followers, encouraging them to play their part in protecting themselves and others, whilst also slowing down the spread of the virus and to help us reach those who need us most at this time.
#Covid19 cases are increasing in London and the NHS is under enormous pressure.
Please help the NHS by only calling 999 for life-threatening emergencies.
For urgent medical help when it’s not an emergency, please go to 111 online or call 111 if you cannot get online.
The coronavirus is spreading quickly in the capital. We must all play our part in helping to reduce the spread, by following the rules.
▶Stay at home.
▶Protect the NHS.
Around 1 in 3 people with #Covid19 have no symptoms.
The best thing you can do is #StayatHome to protect the NHS and save lives.
If you need to leave home, for the permitted reasons, please follow these simple steps:
▶Wash your hands
▶Cover your face
If you would like to find out how you can support us further during this time, please do get in touch with us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Very many thanks for your support.
London Ambulance Service