Ambulance bosses call on people to be careful on New Years’

Hospitals are prepared for junior doctors strike.
Hospitals are prepared for junior doctors strike.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is putting out a stark plea for revellers to be careful tonight (New Years’ Eve) with the phrase ‘don’t start 2016 in an ambulance’.

The Trust sees more demand on crews on the traditional party night than at any other time of the year with many calls about alcohol related illness and injuries during the early hours of New Years’ Day.

Last year, between 10pm and 6am, EMAS recieved a new call every 24 seconds, twice as many as an average night, however, only 52 per cent of patients required further treatment at hospital.

The Trust’s associate director of operations Pete Ripley said: “Alcohol clouds people’s judgment and can make them take risks that they usually wouldn’t.

“This can result in an accident or injury and a 999 call for help.

“We want people to enjoy the celebrations but they must take responsibility for themselves and their friends.

“Many 999 calls can be avoided if people drink alcohol in moderation and take care. You don’t want to start 2016 in an ambulance.”