Revellers inundate ambulance staff
An ambulance service handled a 999 call every 30 seconds on Friday night amid an increase in incidents involving pre-Christmas revellers.
West Midlands Ambulance Service dealt with 1,166 emergency calls between 6pm on Friday and 4am on Saturday, a level of demand similar to the same weekend last year but a significant increase on normal levels.
The call-outs ranged from people who had been out celebrating and had been injured by trips, falls or altercations, to people who had been drinking and become unwell.
Meanwhile, staff and volunteers based at a temporary minor injuries unit based in Broad Street, Birmingham, treated 22 patients, including some assault victims and others suffering from the effects of excessive alcohol.
The senior paramedic officer in charge of the unit, Tracey Morrell, said: "Our patients mainly had cuts, bumps, bruises and head injuries which ambulance staff were able to treat on site, with a number receiving stitches.
"Unfortunately, quite a few people who we treated had simply consumed too much alcohol and were subsequently unwell."
West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, John Hawker, added: "Whilst we don't wish to spoil anyone's fun, we would ask that people go out and enjoy themselves this Christmas with the ultimate aim of getting home safely and uninjured with memories of a good night out.
"Unfortunately, a number of people find themselves being treated by paramedics and then in hospital with serious injuries or illness after a night out."