Ambulance service declares ‘critical incident’

South Central Ambulance Service has declared ‘critical incident’ due to extreme pressures across its services.

The organisation, which serves four counties including Hampshire, says it staff are working extremely hard to respond to calls and manage the situation

A spokesperson said: “We continue to prioritise those patients with life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Declaring a critical incident means we are able to focus our resources on those patients most in need and communicates the pressures we are under to our patients and health system partners.

“Please support us by using our services wisely and also utilising http://111.nhs.uk for urgent medical advice and guidance wherever possible and appropriate to do so.”