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Adverse Weather Conditions 

13 January 2010

Icy conditions across the region are causing treacherous conditions on roads and pathways and we are experiencing a high level of demand for our emergency 999 service.

Many calls have been for weather-related incidents for patients with injuries caused by falling over on icy pavements or road traffic collisions.

The weather is also causing extremely hazardous driving conditions for our ambulance crews but we are making every effort to get to patients as quickly, and as safely, as possible.

We are urging people to take extra care when out walking or driving due to the treacherous conditions and ask that the public only call 999 for an ambulance in a medical emergency when it is obvious that someone has a life-threatening illness or injury.

Across the region, non-emergency patient transport has been cancelled for patients due to attend routine appointments at hospital clinics. However, the Trust’s Patient Transport Service is operating for patients with urgent medical needs such as essential renal and oncology treatments.

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