Ambulance service gives public advice

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The East of England Ambulance Service has issued advice to the public to avoid a 999 call during the forthcoming long weekend from Friday to Bank Holiday Monday. The advice follows a 17 per cent increase in demand during the Easter bank holiday.

. If you have a long-term condition, make sure you have enough of your prescription medication in advance

. Make sure your medicine cabinet is fully stocked with over-the-counter pain killers, after-sun, plasters, and antihistamines

. If you are feeling unwell now, seek medical advice. Do not let your condition deteriorate

. Pack something warm and be prepared for changes in the weather. Do not forget to wear sunscreen if you are going outdoors

. If you are having a barbecue, please ensure you light it safely and ensure that all your food is cooked thoroughly

. 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.