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Ambulance service takes emergency call every 30 seconds

Man being treated by paramedics
Image caption A temporary minor injuries unit is operating in Birmingham city centre

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it got a 999 call every 30 seconds on one of the year's busiest nights.

Between 18:00 GMT on Friday and 04:00 GMT on Saturday they took 1,166 emergency calls.

A temporary minor injuries unit (TMIU) in Broad Street, Birmingham, treated 22 patients overnight.

Senior paramedic Tracey Morrell said: "Unfortunately, quite a few people who we treated had simply consumed too much alcohol and were subsequently unwell."

A spokesman said the TMIU freed up ambulances to deal with "serious and life-threatening cases elsewhere".

It will be open for four nights over the Christmas and new year period.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman John Hawker said: "Unfortunately, a number of people find themselves being treated by paramedics and then in hospital with serious injuries or illness after a night out."

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