Ambulance trust issues advice ahead of bank holiday

Kevin Brown, East of England Ambulance Service Trust. Photo: EEAST

Kevin Brown, East of England Ambulance Service Trust. Photo: EEAST - Credit: Archant

East Of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) is reminding the public about simple tips to stay safe during the expected mixed weather due this bank holiday weekend.

Last year, control room staff at EEAST received just under 13,000 emergency calls over the late May bank holiday weekend and the public are being urged to take care as the weather is looking mixed across the region.

The trust recommends being prepared for changes in the weather, and to know your limits if you are drinking alcohol.

If you are having a barbecue, they say to ensure you light it safely and ensure that all your food is cooked thoroughly

And there could be more traffic on the roads than normal - so keep your distance from the car in front to help avoid accidents

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Make sure your medicine cabinet is fully stocked and only go swimming on lifeguarded beaches.

Kevin Brown, director of service delivery, said: 'We can all help each other by taking measures to avoid needing medical help over the long weekend.

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'If you or a loved one have a long-term health condition, sort out your prescription as soon as possible and if you are unwell, don't let it deteriorate and get checked out.

'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, or use local walk-in centres.'

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