East Midlands Ambulance Service handles more than 2,200 calls on New Year’s Day

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East Midlands Ambulance Service handled more than 2,200 calls on New Year’s Day.

A spokesman for the organisation said these were a mixture of emergency, urgent and NHS 111 referral calls.

The service, which handles about 2,000 calls on an average day, had to appeal to people with illnesses or minor injuries to attend urgent care centres which were open.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Derbyshire police said it was “relatively quiet” on New Year’s Eve into the early hours of New Year’s Day with no major incidents being reported.

Between 8pm on Wednesday and 6am yesterday, there were 618 reported incidents across the whole county – compared with 810 last year, a 25 per cent drop.

Hospitals across the area said they had been busy.

Jackie Pendleton, chief operating officer for North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re asking people to think carefully and choose well themselves when it comes to deciding where to go for treatment.”

People with minor illnesses and injuries should refrain from visiting hospital. Pharmacists can offer advice on the right way to treat a variety of common conditions using over-the-counter medicines. The 111 service can also offer help and advice.