Region’s ambulance service receive thousands of New Year’s emergency calls

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Thousands of emergency calls were made to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service during the New Year’s celebration period.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust received 1,570 emergency calls between the hours of 6pm on December 31 and 6am on January 1.

This year was slightly busier for the most serious calls (red) than last year, with a rise of six per cent between midnight and 8am.

Many of the calls placed were alcohol-related and there were 51 emergency calls to assaults.

Paul Mudd, locality director of A & E Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “As always New Year’s Eve was a busy time for us and we received a high volume of alcohol-related calls, particularly in the early hours of the morning.

“Our community medical units and police and paramedic teams provided valuable support and were able to treat people who had too much to drink or those who had sustained minor injuries without them needing to go to hospital.

“In the early hours of New Year’s Day we received a significant number of emergency calls to patients who had been assaulted while out celebrating the start of 2015. Clearly this is distressing for those directly involved, but it also places extra pressure on us and partner services.

“New Year’s Eve aside, demand for our service continues to increase. So our New Year’s message for 2015 is to remind members of the public to use the 999 service wisely, choose their healthcare options appropriately and help us to ensure our vital resources are available to those with a genuine life-threatening emergency.”