South Western Ambulance has 'demanding' night for calls

Cotswold Journal: South Western Ambulance have 'demanding' night  for calls South Western Ambulance have 'demanding' night for calls

SOUTH Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust had a “demanding” night on New Year’s Eve with more than 2,000 calls received.

The trust, which covers the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, took 2,037 calls between 6pm on 31 December 2013 and 6am on January 1 2014 compared with 2,246 last year.

Neil Le Chevalier, deputy director of delivery, said the drop could have been due to the wet weather on New Year’s Eve.

"Despite a very slight fall, it was a demanding night, with the greatest number of calls received between 2am and 3am,” he said.

“Even on such a busy night, when the ambulance service helps a wide range of patients, it is extremely important that we continued to provide a safe and effective service for everyone, whether they were suffering with a medical problem, a serious injury or an alcohol-related problem.”

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