Ambulance service offers tips for Hertfordshire residents to avoid Easter emergencies
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 March 2016
The East of England Ambulance Services is advising people in Hertfordshire to 'be prepared' and avoid 999 calls over Easter.
Last Easter, the region’s ambulance service received more 10,500 emergency calls over the Easter weekend, and responded to just over 9,000 incidents.
They received 1,736 emergency calls from Hertfordshire.
Of the calls across the whole region, more than 1,400 related to patients having falls, 718 were for breathing difficulties and 681 were for chest pain.
People are being advised to follow these seven tips to avoid having to make a 999 call:
* If you have a long-term condition, make sure you have enough of your prescription medication to get you through the long weekend.
* If you are feeling unwell now, seek medical advice before Easter starts. Don’t let your condition deteriorate.
* Make sure your medicine cabinet is fully stocked so that common ailments such as colds can be treated at home.
* Be prepared for changes in the weather.
* If you are going out drinking, know your limits and alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water.
* Be safe on the roads. Keep your distance from the car in front to help avoid accidents.
* If you need urgent medical advice over Easter, NHS 111 is available 24/7. Please remember, 999 is for life-threatening conditions only.
Rob Ashford, Acting Director of Service Delivery for EEAST, said: “We are prepared for Easter, which is traditionally a busy four days for the ambulance service.
“We’d like to wish everyone a happy and safe bank holiday and would urge people to be prepared. Your GP surgery is likely to be closed over the long weekend, so it is essential that you have enough prescription medication if you have a long-term health condition.
“Please remember that 999 is for life-threatening conditions and if you need urgent medical advice over the bank holiday, call NHS 111.”
The advice comes at a time when the Trust is experiencing high demand. The service responded to almost 10 per cent more emergencies in February compared with the same period in 2015.