Busy start to the new year

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As predicted the New Year brought a challenging time for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) NHS Trust.

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 – our skilled staff answering calls received in our emergency operations centres and our clinicians out on the road providing medical treatment and care.”

He also urged people to use the right NHS services for treatment of minor illnesses or injuries. Full details of local services can be found via www.nhs.uk