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Ambulance Service Urges People to Stay Safe Over Easter

01 April 2010

With the Easter break approaching, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is urging people to stay safe during the bank holiday period. 

This weekend is one of the busiest of the year for the service when there is typically a sharp increase in the number of alcohol-related incidents and people in the region are being asked to take extra care when they are out and about to protect themselves and others.

Alan Peart, Assistant Director of A&E Operations for the Leeds and Wakefield area, said: “Traditionally we see an increase in 999 calls over the bank holidays as more people are out enjoying themselves. We are not trying to stop people having a good time, but unfortunately ambulance crews are caught up trying to pick up the pieces following alcohol-fuelled incidents.

Often ambulance crews are also caught up dealing with inappropriate calls when alternative care would have been more suitable.

Alan said: “While we are dealing with people to who have called an ambulance for a minor ailment such as earache or toothache, we are unable to get to those who urgently need our help, such as someone with a more serious life-threatening condition.

“We have the resources in place to manage the extra demand but the public can help us by only calling 999 for an ambulance in a medical emergency when someone needs time-critical medical assistance.

“We want to make sure that everyone has an Easter 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 celebrations sensibly.”

For advice and treatment for non-emergencies, consider options such as a visit to your local pharmacist or GP surgery, a call to NHS Direct or visit a walk-in centre.

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