Today’s severe weather has led to a surge in demand on the London Ambulance Service.
The strong winds have resulted in large numbers of calls to patients who have been injured by falling debris, or in some cases blown over in the street by the force of the gusts.
Assistant Director of Operations Ian Todd said: “We have been very busy, which has put us under additional pressure at what is already a very busy time of year for us.
“We would urge people, especially the elderly and those with young children, to take extra care. We would also ask that Londoners use our Service wisely, and only call us in the event of emergencies.”
Some of the weather-related incidents the Service has responded to today include:
- A woman who was hit on the head by an object falling from a roof in Horseferry Road, SW1, and was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital.
- A man who was blown off his motorbike in West Poultry Avenue, EC1, and was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital.
- A man who was knocked over by a fence in Ladbroke Grove, W10, and was taken to St Mary’s Hospital.
- A woman who was hit by a shop sign on Edgware Road, W2 and was taken to St Mary’s Hospital.
- A man who was hit by a falling sign on Baker St, W1.
- A woman who was hit by a tree on Turnham Green Terrace, W4, and was taken to Charing Cross Hospital.
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