Regionally, Lancashire recorded the most incidents between 28 December and 4 January with approximately 43 callouts although in Greater Manchester the number of incidents was similar.

Some incidents also required the assistance of Mountain Rescue Teams as they happened in areas difficult for ambulance crews to access.

NWAS Medical Director, Chris Grant said: “Most of time slips and falls result in bumps and bruises and being a bit shaken up, however that can be more serious and recently we’ve had to treat serious cuts as well as potential broken bones and fractures.

“With the latest national lockdown restrictions we know people will be heading outside for some fresh air and we want everyone to enjoy the snow safely and get about without falling or hurting themselves. Think about wearing sensible shoes with a good grip and walk slowly and carefully over icy or untreated surfaces.

“If you are a bit unsteady on your feet and you’re worried about going out in icy weather, ask your family or neighbours to run any urgent errands you might have. Equally if you know of anyone who might be vulnerable, offer to pick up some shopping to drop off at their door when you do your own weekly shop.

“If you are clearing snow try to use council grit bins, saving some for others to use, and don’t use boiling water because it can just refreeze.

“Also if you can download and use the What3Words app we can use the information it gives to locate injured patients much quicker.

“However remember that 999 should be reserved for life threatening emergencies only. If you need urgent care go to 111 online for assistance.”

Between 28th December and 4th January, incidents involving ice and snow (excluding RTCs)
Cumbria 31*, Lancashire 43*, Greater Manchester 41*, Merseyside 29* and Cheshire 33*
*approximate figures