East Midlands Ambulance Service is advising people to take extra care of their health and not take risks as the temperature drops this winter
Every winter, the combination of freezing temperatures, icy roads, festive get-togethers and a hint of overindulgence leads to a dramatic increase in 999 calls for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
This year, EMAS is sharing some simple tips to ensure people stay safe and well this winter, freeing up 999 for genuinely life-threatening situations.
In December 2012 the service received 45,645 calls, this is an increase of 3772 more 999 calls compared to the previous month.
Dr Trevor Mills, Medical Director for EMAS, said: “We plan ahead for the winter by preparing our vehicles and factoring in a potential surge of calls.
“We want people to take the same forward-planning approach in their homes and for their families to stay safe and healthy this winter.”
“Even during the holiday period people can see a doctor when their surgery is closed by accessing the GP out-of-hours service or visiting a minor injuries unit or urgent care centre to get speedy medical advice and treatment.
“Call NHS 111 If you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency or visit www.nhs.uk to find your local services.”
At a time when many people are focussed on Christmas plans, they forget to organise a repeat prescription or make time to see their doctor and that could lead to a crisis in their health. EMAS wants people to put their health first and do what they need to do to stay well.