20th Feb, 2019

England's World Cup exit leads to West Midlands Ambulance Service receiving more than 1,100 calls in seven hours

WEST Midlands Ambulance Service received more than 1,100 calls between 9.30pm last night and 4.30am this morning, following England’s World Cup exit.

The number of calls rose by 15 per cent compared to the same time the previous week, relating to more than 40 reports of assaults, crashes and other incidents, including people falling over.

There was also a number of cases of domestic violence.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nathan Hudson, who was in control of the Trust, said: “Almost immediately after the final whistle, the phone lines lit up.

“The high levels of demand continued through until around 4.30am before returning to levels that we would normally have expected to see.

“The Trust had put in place an extensive plan to deal with the evening with a large number of additional crews, managers and doctors on shift.

“The planning paid dividends with the Trust able to cope with the significant rise in demand exceptionally well.”

He thanked all the staff who came in on their days off to help out.

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