The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) is gearing up for a busy night as people prepare to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

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Last year EEAST received 3,828 calls across the six counties it covers at New Year and Neil Storey, director of emergency operations at EEAST, is urging people to act responsibly.

“We always see a spike in the number of calls to the service at New Year and we can anticipate that many of them will be alcohol related,” Mr Storey said.

“We aren’t party-poopers but being called to people because they’ve had too much to drink is putting people with genuine medical emergencies at risk.

“Excessive drinking can make people extremely vulnerable and tempted to behave recklessly which can lead to serious injuries, but more often it means our staff are sent to help people who are drunk.

“We are often called to people who are on their own, lying on the pavement in very vulnerable situations but a good night out shouldn’t mean ending up in A&E or in the back of an ambulance being revived by highly skilled clinicians.”

EEAST has published tips for people to follow and guard against their New Year night being ruined.

These include, dressing warmly, eating before drinking to help soak up alcohol, alternating soft drinks with alcoholic ones to keep you hydrated, planning your journey home in advance and staying with friends.

For more advice, go to www.eastamb.nhs.uk

5 comments

  • whats up with today's wimpish drinkers? get your mates to carry you home or pay a hefty fine to the NHS.

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    nrg

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Is that so that they don't get anymore bad press for taking hours to turn up? Hope everyone goes out and enjoys themselves safely, as you might bleed to death waiting for them to show up.

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    markt74

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • I feel that some comments on here are a little shortsighted. The reason that people have to wait for ambulances on nights like this is because crews along with A&E staff are nursing drunk teenagers instead of treating genuine patients with medical emergencies. Since when has being drunk on POW rd been a medical emergency?? I agree with nrg, they should be billed on discharge from the NNUH.

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    Newuser07

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Yes, please stop getting hurt everyone, the government needs to cut the fleet!!

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Take it easy on the booze on new years eve, then go out and make up for it on the 2nd Jan instead

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    ggj666

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

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