Ambulance service advise public to stay cool during bank holiday

Date: 26 May 2017

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The coming weekend and following week consists of a bank holiday, half term, and the likelihood of warm weather. What more could you want?

And whilst we want you to make the most of it, we are reminding you of some simple yet effective tips to stay safe.

Last year, our control room teams worked round the clock receiving more than 8,500 emergency calls over the late May bank holiday weekend. Many of which were avoidable emergencies or serious medical problems.

And with temperatures set to soar into the high 20s, the following advice can really make all the difference:

  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen if you are going outdoors and be prepared for changes in the weather
  • If you are going out drinking, know your limits and alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water
  • If you’re having a barbecue, please ensure you light it safely and ensure that all your food is cooked thoroughly
  • Don’t jump into cold water – instead, wade in slowly
  • There could be more traffic on the roads than normal -keep your distance from the car in front to help avoid accidents
  • Take extra care in reservoirs, which are deeper and colder than lakes and rivers
  • Swim close to the shore
  • Only going swimming on lifeguarded beaches.
  • Make sure your medicine cabinet is fully stocked with over-the-counter pain killers, after-sun, plasters, and antihistamines

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.

“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, log on to NHS Choices for information, or use walk-in centres.”

  • Summary:

    The coming weekend and following week consists of a bank holiday, half term, and the likelihood of warm weather. What more could you want?