New Year revellers causes increased workload for ambulances

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The East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) have revealed they faced a busy start to the New Year, with large numbers of revellers among those needing treatment.

EMAS received more than a thousand emergency 999 calls in the first four hours of 2013. On an average day, it expects to receive around two thousand.

But the overall figure for January 1 was 3,223, of which just over 1,300 were for people reported to be in an immediately life-threatening situation. The total number represented a six per cent decrease compared to the first day of 2012, when 3,436 calls were received.

EMAS also announced that on ‘black Friday’ – the name given to the last Friday before Christmas – they received 2,384 calls.

Peter Ripley, EMAS director of operations, said: “I pay tribute to our staff who worked in on the frontline – our skilled staff answering calls received in our emergency operations centres and our clinicians out on the road providing medical treatment and care. They did a truly magnificent job, in challenging circumstances.

“They were supported by operational management teams based at hospital emergency departments to assists with the clinical handover of patients to hospital staff. We were also supported by our Community First Responders, Fire co-responders, the British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme doctors), all of whom help us to provide the very best service during busy and challenging times. I thank them for their continued dedication and support.

“The festive season may be over, however we expect to continue to receive significant call numbers over the next few weeks and I urge people to use the right NHS services available to them for treatment of minor illnesses or injuries. Full details of local services can be found via www.nhs.uk“