Ambulance chiefs urge New Year revellers to stay safe

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As the biggest party night of the year gets under way tonight, ambulance chiefs are urging people in the Dispatch district to take extra care.

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) is preparing for New Year’s Eve with a plea to those celebrating to start 2013 safe and well.

The traditional party night marks the end of more than a fortnight of seasonal celebrations which puts more demand on ambulances than any other time of the year.

The last Friday before Christmas, December 21, was a busy night with EMAS dealing with 2,384 emergency calls – that’s 457 more than would normally be received on a typical Friday.

Now EMAS is preparing to help revellers across the East Midlands as they celebrate the start of 2013 and alcohol-fuelled illness and injury is set to cause a spike in emergency calls.

Pete Ripley, EMAS’ Operations Director, said: “Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations always mean an increase in calls.

“Alcohol makes people take risks and that can lead to anything from a fall resulting in a head injury to not being able to make your way home.

“We have to deal with too many people who are so intoxicated they’re lying on the pavement alone and that’s a very vulnerable situation.

“If you’re planning on celebrating the new year also make a plan to stay safe and well that includes staying hydrated, knowing your alcohol limits and ensuring you can get home at the end of the night.”

EMAS has a number of schemes which will be operating in towns and cities across the East Midlands on New Year’s Eve to care for those with alcohol-related illness and injury.

Stay safe this New Year...

1. Keep warm.

2. Eat something before you start drinking alcohol.

3. Ensure you have soft drinks or water to avoid dehydration.

4. Plan your journey home and ensure you save money for a taxi or bus.

5. Look out for your friends and don’t let anyone get left behind.

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