'Busy' but successful Black Friday busy for ambulance services

Extra resources have been laid on this weekend Credit: ITV News Central

Black Friday was 'very busy' for ambulance services but good planning meant that ambulance crews were able to give patients 'high levels of care', West Midlands Ambulance Service has said.

The final Friday before Christmas is traditionally very busy for emergency services due to the higher number of people going out and consuming alcohol in the evening.

“We put a lot of planning into the evening and everything worked very well, which ensured we were able to provide a high level of service to patients, right across the region.

Nathan Hudson, West Midlands Ambulance Service

There were rises in call numbers in Birmingham, the Black Country and Shropshire, but falls in Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Herefordshire & Worcestershire.

Between 8.00pm on Friday and 4.00am on Saturday this morning, ambulance services received the following number of calls from each region:

  • Birmingham: 295 (2014: 259)

  • Black Country: 287 (2014: 279)

  • Coventry & Warks 156 (2014: 155)

  • Staffs: 226 (264)

  • Shropshire: 88 (2014: 70)

  • Hereford & Worcs: 107 (2014: 128)