EMERGENCY 999 calls for ambulances in the region surged to four every minute during the first hours of 2014.
As the clock struck midnight, more than 200 ambulances and 100 paramedic officers were on hand in the West Midlands to respond to the annual spike in calls.
The last four hours of 2013 saw 999 calls steadily increase but it was the start of 2014 which saw demand on the ambulance service increase to an average of four 999 calls every minute.
Unsurprisingly, a large proportion of them were alcohol-related and included assaults, overdoses, road traffic collisions and falls.
Between 8pm New Year’s Eve and 5am New Year’s Day, the trust responded to 1,875 calls in the West Midlands, 269 of them in Coventry and Warwickshire. This compares to 159 in neighbouring Worcestershire.
The service usually receive around 2,000 emergency calls a day, meaning they took nearly as many 999 calls in those nine hours as they do in an average 24-hour day.
The peak rate of calls came in between 1am-2am.
Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “It’s thanks to the meticulous planning, hard work and dedication of staff on New Year’s Eve that we’re able to continue to provide patients in the West Midlands with high level care when they need it the most.
“New Year’s Eve is traditionally the busiest night of the year for the ambulance service. This year has been no exception and I am immensely proud of the way the Service has dealt with the surge in 999 calls.”
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