Drink sensibly plea to Scunthorpe area Christmas revellers after record 999 calls to regional ambulance service
The ambulance service - providing emergency cover to the Scunthorpe area - says the run up to Christmas has already produced its highest ever 999 call demand.
East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) provides emergency 999 and urgent care for 4.8 million people within Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire (including North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.
The festive season got off to a busy start for EMAS and its frontline crews on Friday (21 December) when it dealt with 2,384 emergency calls.
That’s 457 more than would normally be received on a typical Friday.
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And record call volumes continued into the early hours of Saturday morning.
As in previous years, people drinking to excess were the main reason for the increase.
Crews dealt with callers who had injured themselves or were so ill they needed hospital treatment.
A spokesperson for EMAS said: “We geared up for a very busy night because the last Friday before Christmas is traditionally a time of high demand as people finish work and start to party.
"Sadly, many of the patients we dealt with had their night out spoilt and some will even be spending Christmas in hospital rather than with their family and friends. We expect the increase in demand to continue over
Christmas and into the New Year and whilst we don’t want to be killjoys, we’d urge people to drink sensibly to avoid the same problems happening to them.”
The service is also asking the public to call 999 only in cases of genuine life-threatening emergencies.