WEATHER UPDATE: East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust urge caution in bad weather
THE bad weather conditions overnight have created hazardous driving conditions across the region, and with fresh snow showers expected in some parts of the east of England, the public are urged to continue to think about their NHS services and when to cal
THE bad weather conditions overnight have created hazardous driving conditions across the region, and with fresh snow showers expected in some parts of the east of England, the public are urged to continue to think about their NHS services and when to call 999.
Motorists are praised for using common sense and although there is a steady number of RTCs, the numbers are not unusual and the service hopes that it remains that way.
Associate director of A&E services, Neil Storey, said: "Clearly people are heeding the advice that the police, ourselves and motoring organisations are giving out to take extra care and only to make journeys that are absolutely necessary.
"While the snow and icy conditions continue to present a hazard, particularly on smaller roads and side streets which don't always benefit from gritting or salting, motorists should remain particularly careful."
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Staff have been working extremely hard to maintain the high level of response and patient care expected of the public. They have worked in sub-zero temperatures, met the challenge of difficult road conditions, and the ambulance fleet is boosted by 4x4 vehicles.
Neil added: "The 4 x 4 vehicles help us reach more isolated locations especially as snow is still on the ground, and there are icy conditions in most places."
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Drivers should remember braking distances and be aware when emergency vehicles are approaching on blue lights; consider your driving speed to avoid sudden braking, and move safely out of the way of emergency vehicles.
"The public should wear appropriate footwear whilst out in icy and snowy conditions to avoid injury, and only making necessary journeys by road," Neil continued.
"We rely on the public's good sense to use the 999 service wisely. If you need advice but don't have a serious or life threatening condition, consider the other options available to you such as calling NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or contacting your local GP or pharmacist."
Hayden Newton, chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service, praised staff for their dedication and commitment during the adverse weather conditions.
He said: "With the bad weather expected to continue to the weekend and beyond, we will be keeping a close watch on the situation.
"Our operational and support staff have been doing a fantastic job maintaining an emergency and urgent service to patients, pulling together and responding flexibly to the needs of the service and it is a credit to their professionalism.