NWAS Calls for responsible
partying 'mad Friday's'
THE North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)
is calling on the region's party goers to drink responsibly whilst enjoying
themselves during the festive season, and to think before they dial:- 999, so that
paramedics are able to deal with life threatening incidents.
This Friday, 16 December and the Friday before Christmas are both 'Mad Friday's'
as they are traditionally known as by the Service. On those nights they are
expecting a spike in emergency calls, as people get into the festive spirit and
the Christmas party season gets well underway.
Emergency medical dispatchers, who answer emergency:- 999 calls to the Ambulance
Service, answer almost 4,000 calls every day and 'Mad Friday' is
expected to present them with further challenges which could be prevented if
people were to take sensible precautions.
Recent examples of 999 calls include:-
► A call was made by a patient who had banged their
knee. At the same time, an Ambulance crew rushed to a patient
gasping for breath.
► A call was made by a person who'd noticed a lump on
his bottom. 1 minute later, NWAS were called to a male who was found
unresponsive on the floor.
► A call was made by a male who had hurt their ankle
the day before. Shortly after, a call came in for a patient with difficulty
► A call was received from a patient who had injured
their ankle playing football. At the same time, NWAS was also called to a 1 year
old baby suffering breathing difficulties due to an allergic reaction.
Ambulances were not sent to the 1st set of calls, however they did hold up the
line for serious emergencies, where time can mean the difference between life
NWAS Director of Operations, Ged Blezard said:- "The Service is incredibly
busy and we don't have spare Paramedics and Ambulances to deal with the extra
calls which occasions such those on a 'Mad Friday' present us with. This means
that we really need people to take some responsibility for their own safety
during this busy period. In genuine life threatening emergencies, time matters.
If people stop and think about their actions and try not to have 1 too many
during the festive period, they can help us to get to the vulnerable and very
poorly people that really need us; it could be on of their relatives relying on
us. Come the morning after, 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 and fluid."
Keep a clear head this
Christmas in Liverpool
THE British Transport Police are urging
revellers, on Merseyside, to keep a clear head and be on their best behaviour as
figures show over ˝ of crime recorded on the region's
railway last Christmas were public order offences, with alcohol being the
pre-cursor for many.
Our Officers arrest more people for violent and public order offences at this
time of year than for any other type of incident, with 52 such crimes being
recorded over the festive period in Liverpool, in 2015.
Officers are now carrying out extra patrols and encouraging passengers to keep a
clear head in a bid to reduce the national rise in violence seen on the rail
network in the run up to Christmas.
Chief Inspector Malcolm McKinnon from BTP said:- "We want everyone to have
fun over the festive period but every year we see passengers getting into
trouble on the rail network because they've drunk more than they usually would
and behaved in a way they wouldn't dream of if sober. That's no fun for anyone
and unfortunately last Christmas we saw a rise in public order offences and
anti-social behaviour. We believe they could have been avoided if people had
just drunk a little less and thought about how alcohol affects the way they
behave and the impact this has on other passengers. Our priority is making sure
everyone gets to their destination safely and you will see more of our Officers
on the network helping people to enjoy the festivities, nipping any anti social
behaviour in the bud and deterring any violence. We have launched a national
campaign asking people to have fun but also to keep a clear head and think about
what you would do, and how you would behave if you were sober. There is no
excuse for spoiling other people's journeys or abusing rail staff just because
you're drunk. Having a drink could cost more than you think, not only could you
find yourself with a criminal record, but we've seen peoples careers,
livelihoods, relationship and dignity ruined following a drunken night out,
don't let that be you."
Find out more about the campaign go to:-
Editors notes:- Did you know that figures for the festive period for Liverpool,
between 24 November 2015 to 2 January 2016, had the following number of crimes
► Public order / violence offences = 52.
► Alcohol related offences = 6.
► % of all crime that are alcohol related = 12%.