Major incident declared in Yorkshire after heavy snow and surged in 999 calls leaves services overwhelmed

A MAJOR incident has been declared in Yorkshire after heavy snow and a surge in coronavirus cases left ambulances overwhelmed.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service said it made the decision because of the extreme weather conditions and a high volume of 999 calls.

An ambulance responds as heavy snow affects Kirklees, England

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An ambulance responds as heavy snow affects Kirklees, EnglandCredit: Dean Williams/News Images

Strategic Commander at the Trust Mark Millins said in a statement: “Due to the very snowy conditions across West, South and North Yorkshire, driving conditions are very difficult and many roads are gridlocked so this is having a severe impact on our operations.

“We are implementing a number of actions in order to protect our core services for patients and respond to the ongoing demand, including increasing our 4×4 capacity.

“We are asking members of the public to only call us in a serious or life-threatening emergency to help us focus our efforts on our most poorly patients.”

A message from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also urged patients with appointments booked not to attend hospital. 

They said in a statement: “Due to today’s severe weather, we are asking all patients who have appointments booked today to please not attend hospital. 

‘We will contact you to rearrange your appointment.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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