Media release: EMS responds to 3 691 incidents | Western Cape Government


Media release: EMS responds to 3 691 incidents

6 April 2020

3 – 5 April 2020

The Western Cape Government Health's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a total of 3 691 incidents in the Western Cape this weekend, including 98 incidents in red zone areas and 62 motor vehicle accidents. The top ten incidents types included non-cardiac pain (702); respiratory complaints (452); obstetric complaints (400); abdominal complaints (250); vomiting/Diarrhea (207); musculoskeletal complaints (184); fever (153); weapon assault (146) and convulsions (114).

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

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

Top 10 Receiving Facilities

Patient Receiving Facility


WOC - Worcester Hospital


GRH - George Hospital


TBH - Tygerberg Hospital


OUD - Oudtshoorn Hospital


PAH - Paarl Hospital


HHH - Helderberg Hospital


VBG - Vredenburg Hospital


GSH - Groote Schuur Hospital


DFP - Delft CHC


KHA - Khayelitsha 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, especially during these trying times. 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