'˜Be prepared' warning from NHS Trust ahead of bank holiday spike in demand

The region's ambulance service is asking people to plan ahead and take care as it expects a big rise in calls this bank holiday weekend.

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 3:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 5:35 pm

Almost 8,000 calls were made to the East’s emergency ambulance service between May 23 and May 25 last year and the public are being urged to take steps to help avoid another spike in demand following an 8% rise in calls during the May Day bank holiday and 17% increase in demand during Easter.

Marcus Bailey, Consultant Paramedic for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), said: “We can all do our bit and take measures to avoid a seeking medical help over the long weekend.

“If you have a long-term health condition, make sure that you’ve collected your prescription prior to the weekend and if you are unwell, don’t let it deteriorate and get checked out in advance.”

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“We want to provide the best care possible and to be there as quickly as possible for those with life-threatening conditions such as a stroke, heart attack, or for those with breathing difficulties. If it is not life-threatening, please contact NHS 111, log on to NHS Choices for information, or use walk-in centres.”

The Trust has also issued the following advice ahead of the bank holiday this weekend:

* Make sure your medicine cabinet is fully stocked with over-the-counter pain killers, after-sun, plasters, and antihistamines

* Don’t forget to wear sunscreen if you are going outdoors and be prepared for changes in the weather

* If you’re having a barbecue, please ensure you light it safely and ensure that all your food is cooked thoroughly

* Only going swimming on lifeguarded beaches

* 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