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Ambulance service answers four calls a minute in the early hours of 2014

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

By Robin Scott

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PARAMEDICS responded to four calls a minute in the first hours of 2014.

More than 200 ambulances and 100 paramedic officers were on hand to answer the surge in calls to West Midlands Ambulance Service, a large portion of them alcohol related and including assaults, overdoses, road traffic collisions and falls with the peak rate of calls coming between 1am and 2am.

Of the 1,875 999 calls made between 8pm on New Year's Eve and 5am on New Year's Day 365 came from Staffordshire.

Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “It’s thanks to the meticulous planning, hard work and dedication of staff on New Year’s Eve that we’re able to continue to provide patients in the West Midlands with high level care when they need it the most.

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“New Year’s Eve is traditionally the busiest night of the year for the ambulance service," he said. "This year has been no exception and I am immensely proud of the way the service has dealt with the surge in 999 calls.

"Thank you to my staff and the many volunteers who have given up their night to ensure the safety of everyone in the West Midlands.

"I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.”

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