It is known as the season to be jolly, but the public are being urged to take care during Christmas celebrations to avoid the festivities ending with a trip to hospital.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is reminding partygoers to look after themselves and their friends while out and about, and is particularly asking them to think about alcohol intake and the avoidable consequences of overdoing it.
Director of Clinical Quality for EEAST, John Martin said: “This time of year is an exceptionally busy time for our emergency service. We certainly don’t want to dampen the Christmas spirit, we want people to enjoy and remember their night out; no-one wants their party to end in the back of an ambulance.
“Before heading out ensure that you have eaten properly, or at least a good snack if you’re out for dinner. Whilst you are out, make sure you have a soft drink to hand to help counteract any dehydration the next day. Never be tempted to drink and drive; designate a driver at the start of the night who isn’t drinking, or ensure you have transport booked to get you home at the end of the night. Stay close to your friends, don’t let them wander off by themselves, and ensure you’re wrapped up warm with the cold weather.
“The fewer ambulances taken up by people who have drunk too much, the more ambulances that will be available to attend life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrests.”
As part of its Wise Up For Winter campaign, EEAST is going to be tweeting live from one of its ambulances as well as one of its 999 control centres on the evening of Friday (December 13) to give people an insight into the type of jobs that the service gets called to on what is set to be one of the busiest nights for Christmas parties of the year. Follow @eastenglandamb on Twitter and use the hashtag #EEAST999 to see how the evening unfolds.
Advice on drinking sensibly is just one of the health topics that EEAST is promoting during winter in order to help keep members of the public safe and well. Further information and a downloadable leaflet is available on the Trust’s website: www.eastamb.nhs.uk