Am­bu­lance ser­vice Christ­mas plea

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

AM­BU­LANCE bosses are urg­ing the pub­lic to spare a thought for the ac­ci­dent and emer­gency crews work­ing over Christ­mas and take steps to avoid an un­nec­es­sary trip to hos­pi­tal.

East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (EEAST) paramedics, non-emer­gency crews and con­trol room and sup­port staff will be pro­vid­ing clin­i­cal care 24/7 to the re­gion through­out the fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions.

EEAST is urg­ing ev­ery­one to stay safe over Christ­mas and bank hol­i­day week­end and if they have prob­lems to choose the right health care ser­vice for their needs.

Peo­ple can take some sim­ple steps to help them­selves, such as stock­ing up on med­i­ca­tion ahead of the hol­i­day to man­age any health con­di­tions as well as tak­ing care ex­tra when out and about and keep­ing warm.

Gary San­der­son, a spokesman for EEAST, said: “The Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod is tra­di­tion­ally a busy time for the am­bu­lance ser­vice and we are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take a few sim­ple steps to help them­selves and avoid a trip to hos­pi­tal – some­thing no-one wants dur­ing this fes­tive time.

“At this time of year, the pub­lic can also help the am­bu­lance ser­vice by choos­ing the right health­care ser­vice for their needs and only di­alling 999 in an emer­gency.”

For non ur­gent ill­ness and ac­ci­dents peo­ple are ad­vised to call the GP or prac­tice nurse as even when the surgery is closed they will be redi­rected to the GP outof-hours ser­vice.

NHS Di­rect on 0845 4647 will also be avail­able for ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion over the tele­phone 24/7.

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