Ambulances as busy as New Year’s Eve after England World Cup match
Many services were dealing with a heavy volume of calls, according to the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.
Ambulances dealt with as many calls as they traditionally do on New Year’s Eve after England’s World Cup win against Sweden.
The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives said many ambulance services across the country received as many calls as they usually do on December 31 – traditionally the busiest night of the year for paramedics.
It has issued an appeal to England fans to only dial 999 in a life-threatening situation.
999 CALLS: Yesterday we took the highest ever volume of 999 calls in our history. 3,276 calls for emergency police assistance in just 24 hours. It's a mix of the sun, #WorldCup & alcohol. It it's not an emergency don't call 999, search WMP Online for help: https://t.co/n1GbyEQ1Rx pic.twitter.com/QKDkK9ghjt— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) July 8, 2018
“It is fantastic that England are doing so well in the World Cup and we are encouraging supporters to enjoy the football by staying safe in the hot weather and drinking responsibly,” said Martin Flaherty, managing director of the ambulance membership organisation.
“We also want people to spare a thought for all of the hard working NHS staff who will be on duty during the games and support them by only using ambulance and A&E services if they are absolutely necessary and treating those staff with respect.”
Ahead of England’s clash with Croatia in the semi-finals on Wednesday, the Association has created a series of requests to England fans including:
– Prepare for the big game properly – eat beforehand, drink plenty of water and drink alcohol sensibly.
– Look out for your friends and plan how you will all get home after the match.
– Think before you dial 999 – is it really a life-threatening emergency?
In the last 24hrs we dealt with 2200 incidents the highest on record. Demand surged after the England match predominantly alcohol fuelled violence inclu. domestic & serious assaults.We had planned for this but such a shame this happens.Well done team @LancsPolice for your efforts pic.twitter.com/rsmHMpmcB2— ACC Terry Woods (@ACCWoods) July 8, 2018
The association also called for staff to be treated with “respect”.
It comes after an incident in London on Saturday which saw an ambulance car being smashed up when fans jumped on it near London Bridge.
Millwall Supporters Club is raising money to pay for repairs to the damaged London Ambulance Service vehicle.