11:19 Thursday 19 December 2013

Service in winter warning

Written byROB SMYTH

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EAST Midlands Ambulance Service is advising people to take extra care of their health and not take risks as the temperature drops this winter

Every winter, the combination of freezing temperatures, icy roads, festive get-togethers and a hint of overindulgence leads to a dramatic increase in 999 calls for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

In December 2012, the service received 45,645 calls, this is an increase of 3772 more 999 calls compared to the previous month.

Trevor Mills, medical director for EMAS, said: “We plan ahead for the winter by preparing our vehicles and factoring in a potential surge of calls.

“We want people to take the same forward-planning approach in their homes and for their families to stay safe and healthy this winter.

“Even during the holiday period people can see a doctor when their surgery is closed by accessing the GP out-of-hours service.”

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