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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Ambulance service warning for Cumbria party-goers tonight

THE North West Ambulance Service is urging party-goers in Cumbria to drink responsibly and to only call 999 for genuine emergencies.

The Friday before Christmas – ‘Mad Friday’ as it’s traditionally known - always sees a spike in emergency calls being received by the ambulance service.

Last year, NWAS attended 14 per cent more incidents compared to the same day the previous year - a figure which is set to rise again this year.

NWAS Director of Operations, Derek Cartwright, said: “In genuine life-threatening emergencies, time matters. If people stop and think about drink this Christmas and take a sensible approach, they can play their part in ensuring ambulance crews are free to attend to vulnerable and very poorly people.”

Calls received over the Christmas period in 2012 included blistered feet from wearing high heels, swollen and twisted ankles from slipping on ice and people calling to get a lift home as a taxi wasn’t available - none of which required the use of the emergency services.

NWAS urges people to keep ambulances free to attend to those with serious life threatening conditions.

Mr Cartwright added: “It is also important to remember hangovers, headaches and feeling under the weather after a night out can generally be treated in your own home using medicine from your local pharmacist and getting plenty of rest.”

If you need advice for a health condition but are unsure of where to go for help, call NHS 111 -a free advice service intended for ‘urgent but not life-threatening’ health issues which is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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