Christmas rise in 999 calls

The North West Ambulance Service saw a ten per cent increase in high priority calls over Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Emergency crews respond to more than 6000 calls in two days

In one of the busiest times of the year for emergency services the North West Ambulance Service had a busy festive period. The most common call outs were: breathing problems (788), Falls (624) and chest pains (483). Director of Operations, Derek Cartwright said:

“We always see an increase in emergency calls at this time of year but this year has been exceptional. I would like to take this opportunity to thank NWAS staff for all their hard work in caring for the population of the North West.

“As we approach New Year, it is important that people remember 999 is for serious and life-threatening emergencies. Please help us to help the most vulnerable people, by keeping ambulances free to deal with genuine emergencies.”

– Derek Cartwright, Director of Operations

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