Ambulance service plea on 'busiest day' New Year's Eve
Ambulance bosses have repeated their appeal for East Yorkshire people to use the emergency service wisely as they continue to receive record numbers of 999 calls from people across the region.
For staff at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, New Year's Eve is traditionally the busiest day of the year.
Compared with December last year, the Trust has already responded to more than 3,000 more patients this month and has seen an increase of 15 per cent in the number of people calling with a potentially life-threatening illness or injury.
David Williams, deputy director of operations at the trust, says the service has extra resources available to cope with the excessive demand but warns 999 calls for trivial incidents and minor conditions are potentially putting those with life-threatening illnesses and injuries at risk.
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He said: "We continue to urge members of the public only to call us when someone requires immediate medical assistance for a condition such as a heart attack or stroke and ask that people who simply need advice or treatment for minor illnesses and injuries or transport to hospital consider the other services available.
The out-of-hours doctor can be called on 0300 3300 804.