4th Jul, 2022

Ambulance staff praised for 'incredible' efforts during Halloween weekend

AMBULANCE bosses have praised their staff for their ‘incredible’ efforts during one of the busiest weekends of the year so far.

With Halloween, Diwali, payday and the clocks turning back one hour all falling in over the same weekend, West Midlands Ambulance Service staff dealt with the third busiest day of 2016 so far.

Across the region, the Trust received 3,591 emergency calls during Sunday – beaten only by New Years’ Day (3,807) and the 19th July (3,797), one of the hottest days of the year.

In Coventry and Warwickshire, ambulance staff received 511 calls compared to 469 the Sunday before (October 23).

Mark Gough, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, said: “The combination of a payday weekend, the clock change and various celebrations meant we had put additional resources on to cope with the expected extra demand.

“Despite the number of 999 calls, staff worked incredibly hard to ensure patients continued to receive excellent care.”

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