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Paramedics are expected to respond to a spike in asthma-related calls in spring in WA.

With September heralding the start of spring, St John Ambulance Western Australia is advising people who suffer with respiratory problems to ensure their medications are up-to-date and not running low.

Last spring, paramedics responded to a 20 per cent increase in calls for asthma-related medical emergencies in WA, attending more than 110 incidents compared to less than 90 a month during the rest of the year.

St John Metropolitan Ambulance Service General Manager James Sherriff said spring is notorious for triggering symptoms in allergy sufferers.

“Hayfever, hives and reactions to insect bites and stings: they are all associated with spring here in WA – but asthma attacks result in more than double the calls to triple zero (000) for aller...

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