29th Apr, 2017

Paramedics have busiest day ever

PARAMEDICS had their busiest day ever over the festive season.

On New Year’s Day West Midlands Ambulance Service received 660 calls from poorly residents across Coventry and Warwickshire.

In comparison there were 516 calls on January 1 in 2015.

From December 29 to January 2 the service dealt with 2,600 calls and 16 per cent rise in calls to the previous year.

Most of the calls on New Year’s Eve were due to alcohol-related incidents such as assaults, falls and unconscious patients. But many calls on other days were from people who were unwell with breathing difficulties, chest pains and falls.

Trust chief executive Anthony Marsh, said: “I am very grateful and proud of all the staff and volunteers who worked through this period.  While the majority of people were enjoying time with family and friends, my staff were working 24 hours a day to keep the public safe. 

“Over the years we have developed incredibly detailed plans and made preparations for this incredibly busy period.  Once again, that planning has paid off and we have met this challenge and continued to provide a very high standard of service to patients.  This would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and passion of my staff and I am extremely grateful for their continued efforts.”