More than 1,400 treated by Scunthorpe General Hospital accident and emergency over festive period
MORE than 1,400 people used the accident and emergency department in Scunthorpe over the festive period.
A total of 1,442 people attended A&E at Scunthorpe General Hospital between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.
And the aftermath of the New Year's Eve celebrations saw the highest number of admissions – with 204 people using the service on January 1.
Across the East Midlands Ambulance Service area – which includes North Lincolnshire – calls were up dramatically in the first hours of the year.
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Peter Ripley, EMAS director of operations, said: "In the first four hours of 2013, we received over 1,000 emergency 999 calls. On an average day, we expect to receive around 2,000 calls.
"I pay tribute to our staff who worked on the frontline."
But police in North Lincolnshire say the period was quiet overall.
A spokesman for Humberside Police said: "We experienced no major incidents within the night-time economy over New Year's Eve and into New Year's Day and, if anything, dealt with fewer problems than in previous years.
"In general, everyone goes out for a good time on New Year's Eve, but as ever there can be a small number of revellers who go too far and spoil it for everyone else.
"With this in mind, our officers work together with licensees and door staff to identify these people and ensure they are dealt with appropriately before anything can get out of hand as the night goes on."
But while calls for the emergency services were relatively low, those who were kept on their toes were working in the town's pubs and clubs.
Del Winterbottom, who is one of the directors at Henry's Nightclub on Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, said: "We had a fantastic New Year's Eve – it was absolutely brilliant. We had around 1,500 people through the doors throughout the night, so this year was a better New Year's Eve for us in terms of having more people in the club.
"We didn't have any incidents to deal with in Henry's at all."
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