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Ambulance stretched to limit by new year's revelry

PUBLISHED: 16:04 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:21 23 August 2010

PARAMEDICS had to deal with more than 1,000 emergency calls as new year celebrations were held across the region. The South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), which covers Kent as well as surrey and Sussex, had to deal with 100 more calls over New Ye

PARAMEDICS had to deal with more than 1,000 emergency calls as new year celebrations were held across the region.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), which covers Kent as well as surrey and Sussex, had to deal with 100 more calls over New Year compared to the same time last year.

Between 10pm on New Year's Eve and 4am on New Year's Day SECAmb received 1,080 emergency calls, an average of three calls every minute.

It said a large number of calls were made because of people falling over, suffering from breathing difficulties or being injured in attacks.

Paul Sutton, chief executive of SECAmb, said: "New Year's Eve is always one of our busiest nights.

"Every year we have robust plans in plans to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver safe, timely and quality service to our patients, despite the fact that so many more people that usual are calling us for help.

"I'd like to thank staff, many of whom gave up their own time to work additional hours during this busy night and throughout the festive period.

"Their hard work and commitment, along with thee support of many volunteers such as community first responders, ensured we were able to provide an excellent service to the patients of Surrey, Sussex and Kent on one of the busiest nights of the year.

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