Busy night for 999 crews in Sheffield

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A static medical unit was set up in Sheffield city centre on New Year’s Eve to treat drunken revellers and ease pressure on A&E on one of the emergency services’ busiest nights of the year.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service said it received 1,480 999 calls across Yorkshire between 6pm on December 31 and 6am on January 1.

The busiest time was in the early hours of New Year’s Day when paramedics were called out to deal with 55 assaults.

Between midnight on New Year’s Eve and 8am on New Year’s Day the trust dealt with four per cent more calls than the same time last year.

In Sheffield crews were called to a stabbing at the Three Feathers on Bowden Wood Crescent, Darnall.

A 19-year-old was taken to hospital and a man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Paramedics were also called to a road smash on the A61 at Grenoside after a couple in a car being pursued by the police crashed into a tree.

A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: “Many of the calls received were alcohol-related with large numbers of people celebrating the festivities.

“New Year’s Eve is typically a time when ambulance staff are caught up dealing with people who have drunk excessively or have sustained alcohol-fuelled injuries and this year was no exception.

“We prepared for this increase in demand and placed static medical units in Sheffield, Leeds and Hull which treated 32 patients.

“In addition, police and paramedic teams were operational in busy town and city centres.

“Both initiatives helped to free up emergency ambulances for those who were more seriously ill or injured and diverted extra pressure away from hospital emergency departments.”

David Williams, deputy director of operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “New Year’s Eve is always a busy time for us and this year followed the trend of recent years.

“We received a high volume of alcohol-related calls, particularly in the early hours of the morning.

“Our static medical units and police and paramedic teams provided valuable support and were able to treat people who had too much to drink or those who had sustained minor injuries without them needing to go to hospital.

“In the early hours of New Year’s Day we received a significant number of emergency calls to patients who had been assaulted while out celebrating the start of 2014.

“Clearly this is distressing for those directly involved, but it also places extra pressure on us and partner services.

“Demand for our service is increasing, so our New Year’s message is to remind members of the public to use the 999 service wisely.”