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Midlands ambulance service gearing up for New Year's Eve

Control centre in Dudley Photo: ITV Central

Midlands ambulance services are gearing up for another busy New Year's Eve – with alcohol being the catalyst for a surge in A&E admissions.

The West Midlands control centre, based in Dudley, predicts emergency calls to rise from 2,600 a day to 3,400.

Over 220 ambulances and 100 cars will be on patrol across the Midlands.

"We're not asking people not to drink – that's totally unrealistic. But we are asking people to moderate their drinking."

"Don't let 2013 start off as a bad year. Stay safe and be reassured that we will be there if needed."

– Steve Weaton – Asst Chief Ambulance Officer