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Stay safe over the August bank holiday and use the emergency ambulance service wisely

25 August 2017

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) is preparing for a busy bank holiday weekend by encouraging people to keep themselves and others safe so that emergency ambulances are available for those who need them most.

The Trust usually experiences an increase in 999 calls over bank holidays and they expect the forthcoming weekend to be just as busy.

Paul Mudd, a Divisional Commander at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “More people tend to be out and about socialising with friends and family over the August bank holiday weekend and this can lead to more people becoming ill or suffering injuries and requiring medical attention. We often see an increase in alcohol-fuelled incidents too and whilst we don’t want to stop people having a good time, we are asking people to stay safe and look after themselves and others.

“In addition, the region is hosting a number of large sporting and music events, including the Ebor Race Festival at York, the Leeds Festival at Bramham Park and various football matches, which are likely to make the roads busier.”

The ambulance service is keen to ensure people are aware of the range of healthcare services available for advice and treatment for non-emergencies and less serious conditions.  They include local pharmacies, NHS 111, minor injuries units, walk-in-centres or urgent care centres. The NHS Choices website can help people find their nearest service as well as providing advice on minor conditions - www.nhs.uk

Paul Mudd continued: “We certainly don’t want to discourage people from calling 999 in a genuine emergency, but we are asking people to consider whether an emergency ambulance is the most appropriate service for their needs. Our clinical staff often find themselves responding to patients who have reported a serious condition only to find they have a minor illness or injury which could have been treated by an alternative service.

“We want people to enjoy their bank holiday weekend and keep our ambulance crews for those in a serious or life-threatening condition. Please act responsibly and enjoy a safe weekend.”

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