East Midlands Ambulance Service Prepares For New Years Eve

31 December 2018, 07:23 | Updated: 31 December 2018, 07:32

A look inside an ambulance

A call will be made roughly every 30 seconds to 999 on one of the busiest nights of the year.

Special triage centres are being set up in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester to help deal with the number of people needing medical help on New Years Eve.

Paramedics with East Midlands Ambulance Service have told Capital that they usually get a call every 32 seconds and they are expecting that to increase. 

The early hours of New Years Day are traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for ambulance crews.

Craig Whiles will be out working with EMAS responding to calls and supporting managers to keep staff safe. He says the aim of the triage centres is to try and keep people who have had too much to drink out of A&E departments...

"We will have our paramedic clinicians on hand to support people who do become unwell but the aim will be to discharge all patients from the scene and we wont be looking to transport all patients to hospital."