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City centre treatment units help treat people drinking excessively

According to the West Midlands Ambulance Service, city centre treatment units are used to help acute hospitals with the number of people drinking alcohol excessively.

It comes after the West Midlands Ambulance Service had one it's busiest weekends during the festive period.

Yesterday, it received more than 3,000 calls and on Friday night it had nearly 150 call per hour.

West Midlands Ambulance Service had more than 3,000 calls

West Midlands Ambulance Service has reported one of it's busiest weekends during the festive period - receiving more than 3,000 calls yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received more than 3,000 calls yesterday Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

At one point on Friday night, the ambulance service had nearly 150 calls per hour.

To help relieve pressure at Accident & Emergency, a temporary medical unit was set up in Birmingham City Centre to deal with minor injuries or people who had drunk too much.

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EMAS bosses urge calls only in real emergencies

East Midlands Ambulance Service bosses are urging people to only call 999 in real emergencies.

The control room at EMAS HQ Credit: ITV News Central/Phil Brewster

They say some of the calls they've taken haven't been real life-threatening emergencies - with calls on some occasions including stomach complaints, knee pains and nose bleeds.

It comes after the control centre at the Trust's headquarters received 3,032 calls on Saturday - that's higher than last new year's day (2,949).

The control room was busier on Saturday than last New Year's Day Credit: ITV News Central/Phil Brewster

'Unprecedented' calls to East Mids Ambulance Service

East Midlands Ambulance Service attending a call out in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

East Midland Ambulance Service says its dealing with unprecedented numbers of 999 calls as the party season gets into full swing.

Last Saturday more than 3,000 calls were received from people asking for help. That's higher than on News Year's Eve - normally the busiest night of the year.

The advice is only to use the number in real emergencies.

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