Ambulance called 4 times a minute on New Year's Eve

PUBLISHED: 14:39 04 January 2013

More than four calls every minute were handled by South East Coast Ambulance Service on a busier than ever New Year's Eve.

The top reasons for people calling 999 were to report assaults, falls, breathing problems, trauma and mental health issues.

South East Coast Ambulance received 1544 calls between 10pm on 31 December and 4am on 1 January – an increase of more than 20 per cent on last year.

Despite the increase a clinician was sent to almost 100 fewer incidents than last year with more incidents being handled with clinicians providing expert medical assistance over the phone.

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