Ambulance service safety tips during Storm Doris

Date: 23 February 2017

The region’s ambulance service is offering useful information to the public so that they remain safe during the adverse weather.

With Storm Doris making its way across the region, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is experiencing a large increase in demand.

Whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures is likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris. Trees are also being damaged or blown over.

Senior Locality Manager Jason Gillingham said: “We have been called to at least 55 incidents around the region that can be related to the high winds affecting people going about their day; these include traffic collisions, but in the main have been called to people who have fallen over when caught up in a gust of wind. This can obviously lead to nasty fractures, head injuries, and so on.”

He added: “Thankfully, there could be a sight in end this evening. Until then, we are offering some useful advice so that people do everything they can to decrease their risk of injury outdoors.”

 

- Is your journey/trip essential?

- If it is, please plan your journey using routes with less exposure to the weather

- When driving, be wary of crossing high exposed bridges, vehicles towing caravans, cars using top or roof boxes and debris on the road

- Take extra care and watch out for cyclists and pedestrians who can be blown off course

- Check on your elderly neighbours/relatives to perhaps save them any unnecessary journeys today.

We also ask that, given the high number of 999 calls we are responding to overall today, people keep in mind that they could be waiting for a response which might be longer than they expect, but we are doing everything we can to keep waits to a minimum. 

  • Summary:

    Useful information to help remain safe during the adverse weather.