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Paramedics receive 25 per cent drop in alcohol-related callouts

Paramedics receive 25 per cent drop in alcohol-related callouts

Published by Beth Pridding
1:20pm 2nd July 2020.

The East of England Ambulance service has seen a 25 per cent drop in alcohol-related callouts on Saturdays during lockdown. 

Bosses are asking us all to drink responsibly if we head out to the pubs when they re-open in West Norfolk this weekend. 

Increased staffing has been put on over the weekend, but bosses are hoping the contingency plans will not be needed. 

During lockdown the ambulance trust has dealt with around 25 per cent fewer alcohol-related incidents on Saturdays compared with the same period last year. 

The public are also reminded of the need to stay hydrated and keep out of the sun as much as possible if the weather is hot.  

Marcus Bailey, Chief Operating Officer at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said:

“As an ambulance trust we are always planning ahead and risk assessing.

“With pubs and restaurants reopening, there is clearly potential for increased callouts and we are asking the public to drink responsibly and respect the guidelines put in place by businesses and the government, such as social distancing and regular hand washing

“We have put in place contingencies to deal with the increased activity but are hopeful they will not be needed and our staff will be left to deal with urgent cases.

“The safety of our patients and staff is of paramount importance to us and we hope the public will enjoy themselves safely and sensibly.”