Media Release: EMS responds to 6 326 incidents | Western Cape Government

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Media Release: EMS responds to 6 326 incidents

6 March 2020

The Western Cape Government Health's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a total of 6 326 incidents in the Western Cape this weekend, including 101 incidents in red zone areas. The top ten incidents types included weapon assault (1 331); non-cardiac pain (880); respiratory complaints (401); physical assault (400); obstetric complaints (377); neurological complaints (307); abdominal complaints (292); musculoskeletal complaints (277); vomiting/diarrhea (276); and domestic accidental Injuries (237).

The majority of the red zone area incidents occurred in Beacon Valley, Mitchells Plain. In these zones, ambulance crews are not allowed to enter them without a South African Police Service (SAPS) escort.

Most patients were transported to the Worcester, Tygerberg and George Hospitals. 

Top 10 Receiving Facilities

Patient Receiving Facility


WOC - Worcester Hospital


TBH - Tygerberg Hospital


GRH - George Hospital


VRE - Vredendal Hospital


CRS - Ceres Hospital


NSH - New Somerset Hospital


CLD - Caledon Hospital


PAH - Paarl Hospital


VBG - Vredenburg Hospital


HHH - Helderberg Hospital




“We remain grateful to the brave EMS men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty to keep the Western Cape a healthy province. We urge the whole-of-society to partner with our officials as they render this important service in communities,” says EMS Director, Dr Shaheem De Vries.

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Media Enquiries: 

Deanna Bessick

Communications Officer

Tel: 021 815 8585

Cell: 073 620 4694