IT WAS a busy start to the year for an ambulance service.
South Central Ambulance Service (Scas) saw a rise in calls on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day compared to last year.
In Hampshire, 659 emergency calls were made on December 31 compared to 514 in 2013. This was an increase of 28.21 per cent.
January 1 also saw a rise with 839 calls made compared to 774 last year – a rise of 8.4 per cent.
The calls tended to be of a more serious nature.
Rob Kemp, acting operations director for Hampshire said: ‘Our staff have continued to work very hard during the festive season where we have seen unprecedented demand on our services.
‘During the Christmas and New Year period we have seen a particular increase in patients who required the help of our ambulance crews for respiratory problems, complex conditions and trauma as a result of accidents.
‘In addition patients are generally calling for more serious issues which require our help.’