London's paramedics saw one of their busiest shifts of the yearwith 60 per cent more calls than usual, an increase on last year's New Year's Eve festivities.
Drunk and hungover Londoners cause ambulance calls to rise by 60 per cent after New Year's Eve
As Londoners welcomed the new year, the London Ambulance Service (LAS) treated 295 patients with St John Ambulance in central London - writes standard.co.uk.
Many of the patients were simply drunk and were helped to sober up, or treated for minor injuries before being discharged, according to LAS.
Between midnight and 1amon New Year's Day 2018, the service received 337 calls, a rise on the 2017 figure of 331.
The night's work peaked between 2 and 3am, when the service received 402 calls in a single hour - an increase on the 2017 figure of 234.
Calls kept coming thick and fast with 367 between 3 and 4am and falling to 302 between 4 and 5am.
The service normally receives about 250 calls an hour.
Paramedics avoided clogging up already-stretched A&E services by working on foot andtaking patients to nine treatment centres instead of ferrying them to hospital.
Deputy Director of Operations Pauline Cranmer said: “It has been a busy night for us, and we’ve been taking up to 400 calls an hour, when we normallyget around 250.
“We worked closely with St John Ambulance at nine treatment centres to ensure people out celebrating received the most appropriate medical care as quickly as possible. It also meant we avoided taking them to busy A&E departments.”
In central London,medics worked on foot in teams of three with St John Ambulance volunteers, carrying full medical equipment.
ForLondoners wakingup feeling unwell after the holidays'heavy nights, Ms Cranmer added:“We would encourage them to consider using other healthcare services such as walk-in centres or calling NHS 111 for health advice to ensure our medics are free and able to respond to the patients in serious and life-threatening conditions.”
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