December 13 2013 Latest news:
by Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Friday, September 6, 2013
Romford has one of the highest ambulance call-out rates in the capital, according to figures released by the Mayor of London.
Between June 2012 and July 2013, there were 3,736 call-outs to Romford Town ward, making it the 10th busiest of London’s 625 wards.
The data, compiled using records of London Ambulance Service paramedics and other staff, includes figures for every borough.
The next busiest Havering wards were Brooklands (2,585), Gooshays (2,544) and Harold Wood (1,990).
The least busy were Hylands (1,223), Squirrels Heath (1,204) and Emerson Park (979).
In total, there were 31,213 calls in the borough.
Cllr Clarence Barrett, leader of the Residents’ Group, said: “Given there were more than 31,000 call-outs last year, it is vital the capacity for the ambulance service to respond to call-outs is not diminshed or compromised by budget cuts.”
Ambulance staff also collated information on the reasons for attending, such as assaults, binge drinking and knife injuries.
Romford Town saw the highest number of assault incidents in Havering, with a figure of 165.
Other busy areas during the period included Brooklands (56), Gooshays (57) and South Hornchurch (33).
Romford also had 32 call-outs for assaults on women and 18 for assaults on teenagers.
Assaults on teenagers accounted for nine calls in Gooshays, seven in Brooklands, six in South Hornchurch and five in Heaton.
Binge drinking figures were also recorded, with a score of 236 for Romford Town, 42 for Brooklands and 26 for Rainham and Wennington.
Knife injury call-outs were low across the borough, with Rainham and Wennington having five and other wards having only one or two.
Gun injuries were also rare, with one incident recorded in Brooklands and one in Romford Town.
Visit the website http://data.london.gov.uk to check out the full figures.
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