London Ambulance Service responds to Storm Doris

23 February 2017

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Stuart Crichton, Assistant Director of Operations said:

“We have attended 17 weather-related incidents so far today including road traffic collisions, wall and building collapses and trees being blown over by Storm Doris. We’ve also treated a number of patients with head injuries as a result of falling debris.

“We were prepared for this and have over 400 emergency vehicles on London’s roads today, as we continue to monitor the situation.

“We’re advising Londoners to observe Met Office weather warnings and to take care when travelling around the capital this evening.

“It’s been a busy day for us and we’d like to thank all of our control room staff and ambulance crews as they continue to work in difficult conditions.

“As always, we would ask Londoners to only call for an ambulance in a genuine emergency and would encourage anyone with less serious illnesses or injuries to consider other healthcare options, such as visiting their local pharmacist, ringing NHS 111 or making their own way to hospital.”

ENDS

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