Yorkshire Ambulance Service ready for rise in calls

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YORKSHIRE Ambulance Service is braced for extra demand as snow continues to fall in our region.

The service says that with more snow and ice on the ground, it expects a marked increase in weather-related slips, trips and falls and road traffic collisions today – all of which will put additional pressure on its service.

Deputy director of operations David Williams said: “The plans we have in place are helping to ensure that we can operate effectively in the adverse conditions but ask that members of the public continue to use the service wisely.

“We don’t want to deter people from calling us in serious cases such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or stroke for example and please be reassured that we are focusing our efforts on reaching patients with life-threatening illnesses and serious injuries as a priority.

“Our staff are working extremely hard to get to people who call upon us for help as quickly and as safely as possible but understandably hazardous driving conditions may lead to extended drive-times meaning it might take us a little longer than normal to reach patients in the worst-hit areas.

“Please take extra care when out driving or walking and where possible avoid travelling at all in icy or snowy conditions. If you do have to go out, ensure that you wear appropriate footwear and warm clothing.”