Stay safe and plan ahead say ambulance officials as bank holiday will bring increase in demand
The Welsh Ambulance Service is asking members of the public to stay safe and plan ahead in preparation for the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The Trust often experiences an increase in demand during the Bank Holiday period, and is asking people across Wales to help preserve the service for those with genuine life-threatening emergencies.
Anyone with a long term health condition for which they are already taking medication is urged to make sure they have enough of their prescription to last them the whole weekend, as pharmacies are likely to be subject to reduced opening hours or closed completely.
If you’re going away anywhere it’s important to know the full address you’re staying at and check what medical facilities are in the local area.
Gordon Roberts, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Deputy Director of Operations, said: “The Trust is anticipating any increased demand we might experience over the Bank Holiday period.
“However, we would like to ask for everyone’s help in making sure that the service is only used by those facing serious medical emergencies.
“Sending an ambulance to a call that is not an emergency could cause a longer wait to a seriously ill or injured patient, and patients with minor illnesses or injuries who arrive at hospital by ambulance do not receive faster treatment.
“You can make sure that only appropriate calls are coming through to 999 by choosing well and being aware of the other services available to you.
“The NHS Direct Wales website has a useful search facility to help you find the nearest Pharmacy, Minor Injury Unit or Emergency Department.
“They are also available 24 hours a day on 0845 46 47 to provide information if you are feeling ill and are unsure what to do, or for health information on a wide range of conditions, treatments and local health services.”
Bank Holiday weekends can also see a rise in weather and alcohol related call outs for ambulance crews.
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