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Stay safe during the festive period

Date published: 26 December 2011

The North West Ambulance Service is urging the public to stay safe and act responsibly during the festive period.

As always, the service will be on hand over the festive period to help those who need urgent medical care and they are urging the public to pay special attention to those around them and look after elderly or frail relatives, neighbours and friends.

The Ambulance Service is also asking the public to think before calling 999 over this busy period for anything other than serious or potentially life-threatening incidents. The service sees a year on year increase in activity over the festive period and historically, the service receives a number of calls which are not emergencies, as well as a high volume of alcohol related calls which could be avoided.

Derek Cartwright, Director of Paramedic Emergency Service explained: “The holiday period and New Year’s Eve in particular is undoubtedly our busiest time of year and we expect that this year will be no exception.

“We are confident that the public will act sensibly and call us for genuine emergencies only, our message is simple – as we approach our busiest time of year, help us to help you and remember lives could be put at risk if ambulances are used to deal with non-emergencies.

“We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy time over the holiday period – take care of yourself and those around you.”