Number of calls to ambulances in Brent increased in the last year

The number of ambulance calls have risen

The number of ambulance calls have risen - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Borough also had a rise in life threatening calls

The number of calls to ambulances in Brent shot up between 2012 and 2013 according to a report.

There were 264 more calls to ambulances between January to May in 2013 than in the same period last year according to the figures presented to the Health Partnerships Overview and Scrutiny Committee this week.

There was also a 6 per cent rise in life threatening ‘category A’ calls, requiring patients to be immediately taken to A&E.

The report comes amid a damning critique of the nation’s A&E departments in a Health Select Committee Report published today.

MPs have called for urgent action to tackle the “unsustainable” crisis in A&E departments, which face a growing demand due to continue with outbreaks of winter flu.

Brent’s increase in urgent medical calls show a steady upward trend, from 16700 in 2012 to 16964 in 2013.

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The biggest rise in calls to the London Ambulance came from Kenton ward, who saw an almost 30% increase in calls to the London Ambulance Service.

The report showed fewer patients were taken to Northwick Park Hospital in 2013 but there was an increase in admissions to the Central Middlesex Hospital and St Mary’s in Paddington.

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