One New Year call every 12 seconds to Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Published: Monday 4th January 2016 by KCFM

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust received a 999 call every 12 seconds during peak times on New Year’s Day.

The trust received 1,302 emergency responses over the 12-hour period from 6pm on December 31 to 6am on January 1. Between midnight and 4am on New Year’s Day there were 96 emergency calls to assaults.

Ben Holdaway, locality director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “In the early hours of New Year’s Day we received a significant number of emergency calls to patients who had been assaulted while out celebrating the start of 2016.

“Clearly this is distressing for those directly involved, but it also places extra pressure on us and partner services.

“New Year’s Eve aside, demand for our service continues to increase. So our message is to remind members of the public to use the 999 service wisely, choose their healthcare options appropriately and help us to ensure our vital resources are available for those with a genuine life-threatening emergency.”

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Published: Monday 4th January 2016 by KCFM

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