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West Midlands Ambulance Service under pressure from rising demand after "horrendous" Saturday night

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

West Midlands Ambulance Service under pressure from rising demand

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GOOD planning, damp weather and the public heeding ambulance service warnings about avoiding needless emergency calls meant a very busy but not record breaking weekend for paramedics. 

But the West Midlands Ambulance Service is warning that it is still under pressure from increasing 999 calls.

 And a spokesman said Saturday night was “horrendously busy”. 

Over the three days, Friday to Sunday, June 27 to 29, the Trust dealt with 7,889 incidents, which was almost 6 per cent up on last year. That is equivalent to over 145 incidents a day more than 2013. 

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Acting emergency services director, Nathan Hudson, said: “While not a record breaking weekend, no-one should be in any doubt as to just how busy it was. 

 “Saturday night, in particular, was horrendously busy at points which is probably down to it being a pay day weekend. 

“Being able to perform at the high levels we did, despite the continued high levels of demand is down to good planning and the exceptional hard work of our staff in often very difficult circumstances.

 “I would also like to thank the public for their assistance. It is absolutely vital that the public use the ambulance service sensibly so that we can get to the people that really need our help quickly and save lives. 

“Although we have got through this weekend, there is no sign the level of demand shows any sign of reducing and it is still considerably above what we would expect to see at this time of year. 

“As a result, we will be ensuring that we do everything we can to prepare for every eventuality and we would ask the public to do likewise.” 

Ambulance staff are urging people with minor ailments to seek advice from a pharmacist, minor injury units, GP services and the 111 service, rather than dialling 999.

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