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Lichfield District Council chairman’s praise for city ambulance staff

The work of the emergency services has been praised by the chairman of Lichfield District Council.

Cllr David Leytham made his comments after being shown how preparations for the busy Christmas and New Year period are going at Lichfield’s ambulance station.

Tony Pilbeam, Michelle Kelly, Cllr David Leytham. Jan Leytham and Ricky Evans

Tony Pilbeam, Michelle Kelly, Cllr David Leytham. Jan Leytham and Ricky Evans

“For most of us, Christmas is a time to get caught up in the business of preparing to have a wonderful holiday with family and friends,” he said. “However, for our front line and emergency services their focus is always on how to keep us safe and healthy and in touch, regardless of whether it’s a holiday.

“It was very interesting to find out more about how the ambulance station operates.

Michelle Kelly, area manager for Lichfield ambulance station, explained: “Traditionally the winter months, and especially the weeks running up to and including the Christmas and New Year period, are extremely busy for the ambulance service.

“While thousands of people across the region are enjoying their Christmas parties or taking to the streets to do their Christmas shopping, ambulance staff will be working harder than ever to deal with the expected increase in patient numbers.

“We’d like to appeal to the public to take care of themselves and each other during their festive celebrations, as well as thinking before dialling 999.”

Cllr Leytham will also be visiting Samuel Johnson Hospital, Lichfield police station and the city’s Fire Station in the run-up to Christmas.

The Chairman is set to visit Samuel Johnson Hospital on 18 December, Lichfield Police Station on 19 December, and Lichfield Fire Station on 20 December.

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