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999 demand rises as snow falls

To be attributed to a London Ambulance Service spokesperson:

The capital has seen a rise in the number of emergency calls for ambulances after this morning’s heavy snowfall.

By midday today, the London Ambulance Service received 1,796 calls, a 19 per cent increase on the same period last Thursday.

There has also been a reported rise in the number of falls as a result of the slippery conditions, with more patients being treated for back and arm injuries.

Ambulance Operations Manager Martin McTigue said: “We are urging all Londoners to take extra care in these wintry conditions. We have already experienced a rise in demand and when the temperatures drop later today, roads and pavements are likely to become even more slippery.”

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