It’s a day for celebration and enjoying a hearty meal and gifts with your nearest and dearest.

But for medics at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s A&E department, Christmas Day is like any other - packed with people seeking help.

Records from 2014 indicate that while some patients needed urgent treatment, many arrived with minor problems.

An incident log from Christmas Day last year shows 127 people visited A&E at the Infirmary, but only 39 were admitted overnight.

Many of the patients appeared to have minor complaints and low level injuries incurred following mishaps at home or overindulgence.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.

The department, predominantly meant for serious or life-threatening injuries, was visited by people with sore throats, upset stomachs and headaches.

But it also treated two patients who had overdosed on drugs, several with broken limbs, a host of people suffering heart problems and many elderly people in their 80s and 90s with complex complaints.

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The daily dossier showed:

One of the first through the doors at 1.14am last December 25 was a 41-year-old woman complaining of a sore throat. She was sent home.

An 18-year-old woman also arrived with a sore throat at 4.45am. She was diagnosed with tonsillitis and sent home.

At 10.40am a 40-year-old woman with a headache was referred on to the non-emergency service.

At 11am a man, 53, also told A&E medics he had a sore throat. He was told to contact his GP in a few days.

At 11.57am a man in his late 50s arrived who had fallen down some stairs and broken his ribs.

Just before 1pm when most people are settling down for their roast turkey, a 41-year-old woman was seen with a sore back. She was told see her GP.

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Just before 4pm a 41-year-old man arrived complaining of diarrhoea. He was sent home.

Doctors also treated many people who had drunk too much booze.

Before the clock had even hit 1pm a 64-year-old man arrived drunk with a head injury.

At 10.24pm a 29-year-old man who had been arrested by police arrived with a broken arm.

Half-an-hour later a doctors treated a 56-year-old man who had fallen out of tree. The victim had bruising to his back and legs but was okay to go home.

An NHS spokesperson said: “Whether you’ve slipped and fallen, cut your hand carving the turkey, ​or strained your back putting up the tree, choosing the right NHS service for your symptoms means you’ll be seen quickly and get the treatment you need.

“It also eases the pressure on A&E and 999 services meaning they can concentrate on helping those with life-threatening conditions who are most in need of their care.

“Remember, you can call NHS 111 24 hours a day, seven days a week for urgent medical advice and support, or visit www.nhs.uk to find the right service out of hours. We are asking people to think before calling an ambulance or attending A&E, these services should not be used as an alternative for a GP.

"During the winter season, self-care is the best for a cold; treat this at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest. For minor ailments, local pharmacists can provide expert advice on how to help manage illnesses, as well as providing guidance on the best treatments."