Extra demand on paramedics for Halloween and pay day weekend - The Leamington Observer

Extra demand on paramedics for Halloween and pay day weekend

Leamington Editorial 31st Oct, 2016   0

PARAMEDICS have seen one of the busiest weekends of the year so far.
A combination of Halloween, Diwali, a payday weekend and an extra hour due to the clock change meant the ambulance service dealt with hundreds of additional calls compared to an average Sunday.
In Coventry and Warwickshire alone they were faced with more than 510 call-outs on Sunday (October 30) compared with some 470 the previous weekend (October 23).
There were nearly 3,600 calls across the region – with just 3,100 the weekend before.
It makes it the third busiest weekend after New Years Day when there were a staggering 3,800 calls.
West Midlands Ambulance Service officer Mark Gough said: “The combination of a payday weekend, the clock change and various celebrations meant we had put additional resources on to cope with the expected extra demand.
“Despite the number of 999 calls, staff worked incredibly hard to ensure patients continued to receive excellent care.”

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