Extra busy time for North West ambulance crews December 31st, 2012 admin Latest News Shares Comments North West Ambulance Service crews dealt with a 10 per cent increase in high priority calls on Christmas and Boxing Day alone. During what is one the busiest times of the year for the Service, NWAS emergency crews responded to almost 6,000 calls over the two day period. The highest incident types: •Breathing Problems (788 incidents) •Falls (624 incidents) •Chest Pain (483 incidents) NWAS Director of Operations, Derek Cartwright said: “We always see an increase in emergency calls at this time of year but this year has been exceptional. I would like to take this opportunity to thank NWAS staff for all their hard work in caring for the population of the North West. “The Christmas period can be a confusing time for people who need to access the NHS. Many people call 999 when their symptoms could be treated elsewhere. “As we approach New Year, it is important that people remember 999 is for serious and life-threatening emergencies. Please help us to help the most vulnerable people, by keeping ambulances free to deal with genuine emergencies.” For health advice, you can contact NHS Direct on 0845 47 47, pharmacies and Walk-in-Centres Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!