An emergency medical service is urging people to plan ahead to protect themselves and others.
With just one final weekend before Christmas, the South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) is facing significant pressure on its 999 and 111 services in and around the holiday season.
Last year, between December 20 and January 2, the service answered nearly 35,000 calls. That’s an average of 2,500 calls per day.
Secamb Executive Director of Operations Emma Williams said: “We have been under pressure on our services for many months. The last week in particular was particularly challenging.”
“We know this will not abate in the coming weeks as Christmas, the New Year and further periods of colder weather bring added pressure.”
“Our request to the public remains the same – please call 999 only in emergencies – and remember to use alternatives if it’s less serious.”
She urges the public to remember the impact of their actions, such as: B. drinking copious amounts of alcohol, which can result in an ambulance being sent to a “preventable emergency.”
The director urged the public to order repeat prescriptions well in advance of the holiday weekends and that medicine cabinets be well stocked to ease the pressure on health care providers.
Secamb has issued a number of winter tips for the public to stay healthy over Christmas:
- Pay attention to family members or friends at risk – is there anything you can do to help them? Are there dangers in their homes? Do their slippers need replacing?
- Wear appropriate shoes outdoors, especially in freezing weather. We typically see an increase in slips and trips during colder periods.
- Stay active when you’re indoors. Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so.
- Keep your home at an appropriate temperature. 18C is ideal if you can.
They have also advised prospective patients to only call 999 in the event of a life-threatening or serious emergency. These include (but are not limited to)
- Heart attack
- Heavy bleeding
- Traumatic back/neck pain
- Sudden shortness of breath
The South East Coast Ambulance Service covers an area of 3,600 square miles, helping more than 4.9 million people get the medical care they need.
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