We are prepared for the August bank holiday weekend. Are you?
Date: 23 August 2016
It’s the season for fun in the sun, barbecues, days out and trips to the seaside.
We can’t control the weather that will influence those plans, but we can help avoid an unnecessary 999 call this August bank holiday, say bosses from the region’s ambulance service.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received almost 8,440 emergency calls during the last August bank holiday weekend – a 7% increase on the previous year.
The most common calls were falls (1,225), breathing problems (510), chest pain (508), and there were 217 traumatic injuries during the long weekend.
People can take the following simple steps to ensure they stay well during forthcoming bank holiday weekend (27th – 29th August) and during the hot weather this week:
- Make sure you have enough prescription medication, if you have a long-term health condition
- Stock up on over the counter pain killers and antihistamines
- Wear sun cream and spend time in the shade during the hottest parts of the day from 11am to 3pm
- Keep hydrated with cool drinks and avoid excess alcohol and caffeine
- Only go swimming in open water that is supervised by lifeguards and don’t go out of your depth
- Be prepared for changes in the weather
- If you are lighting up a barbecue, make sure it is on level ground and away from fences, sheds and overhanging trees. Never light a barbecue in an enclosed place and never pour petrol, meths or other accelerants on to a barbecue.
Ash Richardson, an area clinical lead for EEAST, said: “We’re prepared for the August bank holiday and we would urge everyone to also take some simple steps to avoid a call to the ambulance service.
“We will be there for you if you have a life-threatening or serious medical emergency.
“However, if you need advice, the non-emergency 111 helpline is available 24/7 and there is lots of information on the NHS Choices website.
County breakdown of the number of emergency calls during August bank holiday weekend 2015:
Bedfordshire – 849
Cambridgeshire – 1,095
Essex – 2,626
Hertfordshire – 1,491
Norfolk – 1,301
Suffolk – 1,019
The region's ambulance service received almost 8,440 emergency calls during the last August bank holiday weekend