West Midlands Ambulance Service reports rise in calls

The number of calls to the ambulance service has risen by more than 30% in parts of the West Midlands region as snow and frost hit the area.

Friday saw an increase across the region of 14.1%, Saturday 15.4% and Sunday 10.6% compared to the same dates last year.

On Saturday there was a 34.1% rise in Coventry and Warwickshire compared with 28 December 2013.

The service said it urged "everyone to access their healthcare wisely".

It said "far too many people" were still asking for help with "colds and flu like symptoms which can be dealt with at home".

Across the region there were 3,273 calls on Friday, compared with 2,869 for 26 December 2013.

On Saturday there were 3,551 calls compared to 3,043 a year earlier and on Sunday demand increased to 3,145 calls from 2,976 on the same date in 2013.

In Coventry and Warwickshire there were 511 calls on Saturday, compared to 381 on 27 December 2013, a rise of 34.1%.

Increases of 26.7% in Herefordshire and 23.3% in the Black Country were reported on Saturday.

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