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London Ambulance Service makes emergency call to local artists

Budding local artists are to be given the chance to display their artwork in London Ambulance Service’s 999 control room.

The centre in Waterloo Road has recently been refurbished and the Service would like 15 paintings to display.

The control room is the hub of operations, taking an average of 3,000 calls a day—around one in four of all the emergency calls made in England and Wales.

James Baker, Control Services Development Manager, said: “Our staff do a really important job taking 999 calls and dispatching ambulance crews and staff in fast response cars to people in an emergency.

“We want to make sure they are working in a pleasant environment, and also for them to feel a part of the local community that they are serving.

“This is a great opportunity for local artists to have their artwork displayed, and potentially sold too.”

As well as a wide of range of staff who will see the artwork, London Ambulance Service also hosts a number of high profile visitors. These have included the current Health Minister Ben Bradshaw MP, ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone as well as national journalists, television programme makers and international visitors.

Local artists interested in having their work displayed should email [email protected].

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Notes to editors:

  • For more information please contact the communications department on 020 7921 5113.
  • In 2007/08 London Ambulance Service’s control room received nearly 1.4 million calls, an increase on 2006/07 of 100,841 calls.
  • We can display up to 15 pieces of artwork at any one time.
  • We can display paintings only (not sculpture or conceptual work due to space limitations).