Planning an egg-cellent weekend? Don’t let accidents or bad health get in the way

Date: 13 April 2017

Happy Easter!

The bank holiday weekend is just a few days away, and we’re hoping more people than ever have got a few basics sorted so that they don’t become a 999 statistic this Easter.

Last year, more than 12,300 emergency calls were received during the long weekend, and our teams responded to just over 9,180 incidents. As well as that:

  • nearly 1,300 of calls related to patients having falls
  • almost 350 choking cases were reported
  • community first responders helped the Trust by attending 390 medical emergencies.

Please follow these seven tips to avoid an emergency this Easter:

  • If you have a long-term condition, make sure you have enough of your prescription medication to get you through the long weekend
  • If you are feeling unwell now, seek medical advice before Easter starts. Don’t let your condition deteriorate
  • Make sure your medicine cabinet is fully stocked so that common ailments such as colds can be treated at home
  • 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
  • Be safe on the roads. Keep your distance from the car in front to help avoid accidents
  • If you need urgent medical advice over Easter, NHS 111 is available 24/7. Please remember, 999 is for life-threatening conditions only.

If you’re out of routine and suffering from long-term conditions more than you’re used to, it’s tempting to call 999 when you’re worried but it may not be a medical emergency.

Please ensure you have enough prescription medication if you have a long-term health condition, and if you need urgent medical advice over the bank holiday, you should call NHS 111 where your needs are most appropriately helped. Always call 999 if someone has stopped breathing, has suffered traumatic injuries, you suspect a stroke, or they’re having breathing difficulties - to get even better prepared, visit http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/News-and-Media/Campaigns/its-your-call.htm for more information.

County breakdown of 999 calls to EEAST last Easter (2015 in brackets):

Bedfordshire: 1,176 (1,069)
Cambridgeshire: 1,692 (1,413)
Essex: 3,840 (3,388)
Hertfordshire: 1,989 (1,736)
Norfolk: 2,008 (1,648)
Suffolk: 1,601 (1,258)

  • Summary:

    The bank holiday weekend is just a few days away, and we’re hoping more people than ever have got a few basics sorted so that they don’t become a 999 statistic this Easter.