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The EDP says: We applaud hard-pressed life savers

PUBLISHED: 14:46 23 December 2017

We applaud hard-pressed life savers. 
Photo; Matthew Usher

We applaud hard-pressed life savers. Photo; Matthew Usher

While most of us our enjoying a well-earned rest over the festive period, spare a thought for the hard-working and dedicated members of the health service in our region.

While many people wind down, they will be facing they’re busiest time of the year.

We applaud all the hospital staff and ambulance crews, as well as other emergency services, for the tremendous work they do all year round, but particularly those who have to give up their Christmas to keep us all safe.

Many will be working in very challenging conditions, under immense pressure, without complaint.

We all have a role to play, too, to ensure that we don’t unnecessarily add to those pressures.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust is urging the public to use the 999 service wisely this winter.

Last December, the trust received 102,238 emergency calls - an increase of 13pc from the previous year.

That included 15,377 in Norfolk (up from 14,074 in 2015), and 12,096 in Suffolk (10,936 in 2015).

People need to remember that calling 999 is for emergencies only, and should be treated as a last resort.

Too many calls are made for the wrong reasons, wasting precious time and resources.

Also, drink responsibly and look after friends so you don’t end up spending the night in the back of an ambulance.

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