Stay safe this New Year’s Eve, say emergency service teams

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Ambulance bosses are appealing for people in the region to use their emergency service wisely as they complete their final preparations for New Year’s Eve.

Dr David Macklin, Executive Director of Operations at the Trust, warns that 999 calls for trivial incidents and minor conditions can potentially put those with life-threatening illnesses and injuries at risk by diverting ambulances elsewhere.

He said: “We don’t want to spoil anyone’s celebrations but we are asking those who are out and about on New Year’s Eve to drink sensibly and stay safe to ensure they don’t put their own health or that of others at risk.

“Please be aware of how much you’re drinking, eat beforehand, plan ahead for transport home and look after yourself and your friends.

As in previous years the ambulance service is running various initiatives to ensure people with alcohol-related illnesses and injuries don’t place too much pressure on the service and on emergency departments in hospitals.