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Ambulance Service Urges People to Stay Safe During the New Year Festivities

30 December 2009

With the New Year festivities fast approaching, the ambulance service is urging people to stay safe during the party season.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) is calling on people in the region to take extra care while celebrating to make sure they don’t become an unfortunate statistic.

Party revellers are encouraged to stay safe and drink responsibly to protect themselves and others.

 Ian Walton, A&E Operations Director at YAS, said: “We are not trying to stop people enjoying themselves but unfortunately ambulance crews have to pick up the pieces following alcohol-fuelled incidents. Valuable resources are often caught up responding to these incidents which could have been avoided.

“People don’t always consider the consequences of their actions and, while we are dealing with calls of this nature, we may be delayed getting to someone with a more serious life-threatening condition.  

“We want to make sure that everyone has a New Year to remember for the right reasons and that our resources are there for the people who really need us. So please stay safe and enjoy the festivities sensibly.”

Examples of when you should call 999 for an ambulance:

  • chest pain,
  • difficulty in breathing 
  • loss of consciousness 
  • heavy loss of blood 
  • severe burns and scalds 
  • choking 
  • fitting/convulsions 
  • drowning 
  • severe allergic reaction
  • head injury. 
    Please note: This is not an exhaustive list

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department