PARAMEDICS had their busiest day ever over the festive season.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received 660 calls on New Years day from poorly residents across Coventry and Warwickshire – nearly 150 more than the previous year. From December 29 to January 2 the service dealt with 2,600 calls – a 16 per cent rise in calls on the previous year.
Most of the calls on New Year’s Eve were due to alcohol-related incidents, from falls to assaults.
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.”