Ambulance service Christmas plea
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.