Ambulance Service Urges Public to Take Care as the Cold Snap Continues

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is asking residents across the region to take extra care whilst out in the hazardous icy and snowy conditions.

Tuesday, 7th December 2010, 2:25 pm

Keith Prior, Director of A&E Operations at the Trust said: “The service is receiving many 999 calls for weather-related incidents and we are treating a lot of patients with injuries caused by slips, trips and falls.

“The weather continues to cause hazardous driving conditions for our ambulance crews but we are making every effort to get to patients as quickly, and as safely, as possible.

“We are urging people to take care when out walking or driving due to the slippery conditions and ask that the public only call 999 for an ambulance in a medical emergency when it is obvious that someone has a life-threatening illness or injury.

“We also ask that for advice and treatment for non-emergencies, people consider options such as a visit to a local pharmacist or GP surgery, a call to NHS Direct or visit a walk-in centre.”