Ambulances called out 2,000 times over New Year's Eve

Falmouth Packet: Ambulances called out 2,000 times over New Year's Eve Ambulances called out 2,000 times over New Year's Eve

While Cornwall was celebrating New Year's Eve, paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service were out picking up the pieces, attending over 2,000 emergency calls.

The figures, for the SW region, saw 2,037 call outs between 6pm on December 31 and 6am on January 1, down slightly on last year's 2,246 calls.

The derop has been put down to the wet weather.

Neil Le Chevalier from South Western Ambulance Service said: "Despite a very slight fall, it was a demanding night, with the greatest number of calls received between 2am and 3am.

"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.

"Our patients receive the most appropriate ambulance response, giving the right care in the right place at the right time – this includes an ambulance being sent, advice over the telephone or being directed to a more appropriate healthcare facility."

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