Ambulance service set to see rise in 999 calls

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Ambulance
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Ambulance

Alcohol related injuries and slips, trips and falls made the pre-festive season a busy one for ambulance staff - and it’s set to increase if the weather gets colder.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS had to transport many to hospital as people had a little bit too much of the festive cheer.

There were around 700 calls to 999 from 11pm last Friday to 7am on Saturday morning.

But numbers have dropped as the month has progressed, according to the ambulance service, but there is an expected rise in the weeks ahead.

Greg Cox, general manager said: “We expect to continue to receive significant call numbers over the next few weeks especially if the weather deteriorates. That’s why I’d urge people to be #999wise and to be aware of the options available for the treatment of minor illnesses or injuries rather than calling for an ambulance.”

He thanked everyone for their hard work during a ‘challenging period’.

He added: “I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who works on the frontline – those answering 999 calls in our Emergency Operations Centres, our team of nurses and paramedics in our clinical assessment team who give advice to callers and our clinicians out on the road providing medical treatment and care.

“We also value the assistance given by our Community First 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 possible service.

“My thanks go to all of them for their continued dedication and support. Whilst most members of the public are celebrating the festivities, these people were hard at work doing a really great job in challenging circumstances.”