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School evacuated & 2 in hospital after chemical leak

Two people are in hospital after a school was evacuated in a suspected chemical leak in Northampton.

Emergency crews were called to Greenfields School and Sports College in Goldings earlier today.

Northamptonshire Police are on the scene helping deal with traffic and supporting the fire and ambulance service.

People living nearby have been asked to keep their windows and doors closed.

Two adults are being treated at Northampton General Hospital with mild breathing difficulties.

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Suspected chemical spill at school in Northampton

Crews were called to the Greenfields School and Sports College in Goldings, Northampton Credit: ITV News Central

Emergency services are dealing with a suspected chemical spill at a school for disabled children in Northampton.

Crews were called to Greenfields School and Sports College in Goldings earlier today.

The fire service is dealing with the incident which is thought to have happened around the school's swimming pool.

There are no reports of injuries and the school has been closed for the day.


Ambulance service issue warning ahead of busiest weekend of year

East Midlands Ambulance Service says it is expecting tonight to be one of the busiest of the year.

The last Friday before Christmas, known as Black Friday, sees late night revellers and partygoers out in force.

Ambulance services prepare for busiest weekend of year

Ambulance services across the region are preparing for their busiest weekend of the year. Tonight is known as "black Friday", the last Friday before Christmas, which marks the most popular day for Christmas parties.

Partygoers are expected to be out in force this weekend and the emergency services are warning people to be sensible.

Today marks the most popular day for Christmas parties Credit: ITV News Central

East Midlands Ambulance Service is expecting a 20% rise in call-outs. In 2012, the service received over 1,500 calls on Friday 21 December.

A treatment unit is being set up on Broad Street in Birmingham city centre to treat patients at the scene.

EMAS: Organisation has listened to patients and experts

The women who has been appointed to turn around the performance of East Midlands Ambulance Service says the organisation has listened to patients and experts.

The service has been criticised repeatedly for failing to meet response targets

Earlier today ITV News Central presenter Matt Teale spoke to Sue Noyes, the interim chief executive, who was keen to apologies for past mistakes including the case of a man who died when paramedics lost the keys to an ambulance.


Paramedic praises team set to appear in TV show

One of the paramedics set to star in the opening episode of Channel 4 documentary series 999: What's You Emergency? has said he hopes the show will give people an insight into the hard work that goes into the job.

Glenn Radford, who covers the Nottinghamshire area, said the public expect a lot from paramedics and he believes the programme will illustrate the daily challenges faced by the team.

The Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, where the new series will visit Credit: Emma Coles/PA

"I genuinely hope the series shows people the very varied, strange, emotional and exciting job that my colleagues and I do. I hope they now see the fantastic people who continually do an excellent job in what is often very challenging circumstances," he said.

"It’s very challenging trying to be everything for everyone: social worker, psychologist, cardiologist, GP.

"The public expect so much now but I love helping people and trying to make a difference and every now and again that I get to be part of a team of professionals who save a person’s life."

Midlands ambulance staff to star in TV series

Staff and paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service will star in the second series of Channel 4's documentary 999: What's Your Emergency?

Airing tomorrow night, the six-part series will follow emergency calls from the moment the patient dials 999 to what happens once the medics leave.

East Midlands Ambulance Service will star in the new 999: What's Your Emergency? series Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

There will be a different theme each week, starting with 'young people' tomorrow and going on to cover alcohol, mental health, life and death, older people and birth and childhood.

Tomorrow's episode tells the story of paramedics Glenn Radford and Isabel Langdon, who are called to help a student who took an overdose of anti-depressants and drank hair bleach.

East Midlands Ambulance Trust misses time target

East Midlands Ambulance Credit: PA

Five ambulance trusts across England, including in the East Midlands, have failed to meet crucial response time targets, new figures suggest.

Ambulance crews across the country did not arrive on scene within eight minutes for 26% of patients who needed urgent emergency assistance last year.

On Monday, NHS England said that the health service must design a simpler system if it is to relieve pressure on emergency care.

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