Ambulance crews kept busy over New Year

The East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) experienced a “busy” New Year, according to newly released figures.

The NHS Trust has revealed that in the first four hours of 2013, the service took over 1,000 emergency calls - in a normal 24 hour period it only typically takes 2,000.

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.”

He also praised the support received from operations managers, first-responders, the Red Cross, other emergency services, and all other groups who assisted over the festive period.

“I thank them all for their continued dedication and support,” he continued.

“The festive season may be over, however we expect to continue to receive significant call numbers over the next few weeks.

“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“999 call numbers,” he added.