Big freeze puts NHS at full stretch

PEOPLE are being advised to avoid unnecessary risks as freezing temperatures takes it toll on emergency services.

A spokesman for the East Midlands Ambulance Service said despite an increase in operational resources, since the bad weather hit, demand on 999 service has been high and is likely to increase as the festive period continues.

The spokesman also thanked NHS staff for their commitment but added: “The key message we would like to get over to the public are; avoid going out doors unless it’s necessary and if you have no choice, please take great care.

“Don’t ruin your Christmas by drinking too much and ending up ill or injured and never drink and drive.

Life threatening illnesses and injuries should still be reported via 999 ,but anyone with less urgent conditions should contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or their out of house GP service.