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Yorkshire’s Ambulance Service is geared up for the Tour de Yorkshire

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) is geared up for the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire this weekend on 1, 2 and 3 May 2015 and has contingency plans in place to manage its operations during the event and across the May Day bank holiday.

Ian Walton

The Trust’s Associate Director for Resilience and Special Services Ian Walton said: “Our plans are based on those we had in place for last year’s Tour de France Grand Départ, but on a smaller scale.  We will be using some extra cycle response units and motorcycles in addition to our ambulances and rapid response vehicles and our priority is ensuring the safety of everyone in Yorkshire this weekend.

“Our dedicated project team has been busy working with our healthcare and local authority partners, Mountain Rescue teams, St John Ambulance and Welcome to Yorkshire to ensure we remain fully operational and can care for our communities across the region and the many spectators who are expected to visit Yorkshire for the event.”

In addition to additional pedal and motorcycle power, Yorkshire Ambulance Service has:

  • Access to an additional air ambulance staffed with a YAS doctor and clinical team, as part of the Trust’s on-going partnership with medical charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance
  • Community Medical Units deployed in key locations (Scarborough on Friday, York on Saturday and Wakefield on Sunday)
  • A team of Community First Responders in York on Saturday
  • Fully operational non-emergency Patient Transport Service
  • Additional staff on its NHS 111 service

Ian continued: “With our previous experience including the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012 and the support provided to the Tour De France Grand Départ in 2014 we are well-rehearsed in our planning for major events and are confident that we can we continue to provide a safe and responsive service to those who need our help in an emergency situation. We’ve had a good response from staff, many of whom are working over the weekend to provide additional cover.

“We hope everyone who attends the event to cheer on the competitors has a great time, but would like to remind people that 999 is for emergencies where people are seriously ill or injured and ask that residents and spectators alike use our service appropriately throughout the weekend.

“We’d like to reassure everyone that we have a detailed plan in place and we continue to work closely with our partners to ensure we are prepared before, during and after the event. We are committed to minimising the level of disruption to our service and have taken comprehensive steps to ensure we maintain operational cover and sustain effective and safe services for patients calling upon us.”

The Trust issued the following advice for those attending the event:

  • Prepare for the weather (all weathers!)
    Make sure you have appropriate clothing, no matter what the weather. Remember to bring your sun cream, a hat, plenty of water and suitable footwear.

    The weather in Yorkshire can be changeable, so it’s always worth having your rain-proofs handy. Sturdy footwear is a must for those heading ‘over the tops’ to watch the King of the Mountain stretches.

  • Pack your medication If you regularly take medication, make sure you have enough with you to last you throughout the event.
  • Choose Well when it comes to requesting medical help
    The 999 service is there for those with serious or life-threatening illnesses and injuries and we’d ask that you use it appropriately, particularly at busy times like during the Tour de Yorkshire and over the May Day bank holiday.

    Our NHS 111 service will be on hand to provide help and advice for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries and will be able to signpost you to the most appropriate care, whether that is through your local GP, by visiting a pharmacist or providing advice for your own self-care.

  • Enjoy yourself responsibly Make sure you have fun, but please consider your own safety and that of other people enjoying the event. Take it steady on the alcohol front, make sure you drink plenty of water and plan how you’re going to get both to and from the event.

Further information is available on the official Tour de Yorkshire website http://letour.yorkshire.com/

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department