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 overindulgence leads to a dramatic increase in 999 calls for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
At a time when many people are focussed on Christmas plans, they forget to organise a repeat prescription or make time to see their doctor and that could lead to a crisis in their health. EMAS wants people to put their health first and do what they need to do to stay well.
Dr 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.
“Even during the holiday period people can see a doctor when their surgery is closed by accessing the GP out-of-hours service or visiting a minor injuries unit or urgent care centre to get speedy medical advice and treatment”.
Call NHS 111 If you need medical help fast bus it’s not a 999 emergency or visit www.nhs.uk to find your local services.