Ambulance bosses plan for busy weekend

AS the snow tightens its grip, ambulances bosses were rigorously planning ahead for the expected high demand this weekend.

Simon Tomlinson

AS the snow tightens its grip, ambulances bosses were rigorously planning ahead for the expected high demand this weekend.

The East of England Ambulance Service is making sure key resources are in place to maintain the 999 service.

Neil Storey, associate director of A&E services, said: “The ambulance service continuously looks at how it can best adapt to the severe weather, so the high level of patient care can be maintained.


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“Our ability to respond as quickly as possible to patients is key and this can be challenging in the weather conditions we've dealt with this week and face this weekend.”

Crews are working in the face of rising numbers of people injured in the bad weather conditions - for instance, a 90% increase in falls, with about 50% more RTCs.

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Therefore, those making journeys in vehicles or on foot should ensure they are safe to help avoid accidents - taking care on icy pavements and wearing suitable footwear and clothing for example. Motorists should ensure they drive carefully and react safely and properly to changing road conditions

Mr Storey added: “If the public take responsibility for their own safety as far as possible, it can make all the difference between avoiding an accident and needing 999 care. This can then have a positive impact on our call demand.

“The public must also remember that unless their condition is life-threatening or serious, there are many alternatives available such as calling NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or contacting your local GP or pharmacist.”

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