Ambulance service tackle big-calls rush

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AMBULANCE crews across the district were pushed to the limit over the holiday period answering calls for help from residents.

The New Year celebrations brought an influx of calls to the emergency service making it a challenging time for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

“In the first four hours of 2013, we received over 1,000 emergency 999 calls,” said Peter Ripley, EMAS director of operations. “On an average day, we expect to receive around 2,000 calls.

“I pay tribute to our staff who worked 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.

In the first four hours of New Year’s Day 1,074 total calls were received, with the total number of calls being received that day hitting 3,223.

Of those calls, 1,336 we’re for people reported to be in an immediately life-threatening situation.

However despite this high number, the service received more calls during the same period last year with 3,436 taken during January 1st 2012.

Mr Ripley added: “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.