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Staffordshire ambulance calls surge over warm weekend

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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AMBULANCE crews in Staffordshire had to deal with a surge in calls during the weekend’s warm weather.

Calls were up by 15 per cent in the county on Saturday, compared with an 8 per cent increase across the whole West Midlands Ambulance Service area, and were also up by 9.8 per cent on Sunday.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The warm weather undoubtedly brought lots of people out to enjoy the wonderful West Midlands.

“Unfortunately, that did also result in a number of additional calls for the ambulance service.

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“When the weather gets warm, we get a rise in the number of people, usually with long term conditions, who suffer breathing difficulties.”

But the most common reason for a 999 call over the weekend was as a result of the patient having fallen.

“However, there were a number of weather-related calls too such as for sunburn, dehydration from being outside for too long without drinking enough non-alcoholic liquids and falls while enjoying a range of pursuits in the countryside, the spokesman added.

“Once again the planning and hard work of crews ensured the public of the West Midlands got a very high level of service.”

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