Ambulance bosses issue Mad Friday warning to Calderdale revellers

Ambulance services are preparing for Mad Friday
Ambulance services are preparing for Mad Friday

Calderdale revellers are urged to think before they drink on Mad Friday, with ambulance service bosses expecting a traditional increase in calls.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust predict they will receive more than 3,500 emergency and routine 999 calls on Friday December 21 2018.

The Trust is appealing for the public to drink responsibly as they prepare to deal with up to 35% more calls than average.

The last Friday before Christmas is a popular day for Christmas parties and often people finish work early and head out drinking with friends.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service is asking everyone to think carefully about the impact of drinking to excess and reminding them to keep themselves and others safe.

Dr Steven Dykes, the Trust’s Deputy Medical Director, said “Whilst we are dealing with alcohol-related incidents that could have been avoided we are not available to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

“We acknowledge that many of the alcohol-related calls we receive do require an emergency response and whilst these 999 calls are not inappropriate they could be avoided. We simply ask that you think before you drink so you don’t spoil your own night by ending it in the back of an ambulance.

“We want everyone to enjoy the festive period, including our staff on duty. They are there to help people in their hour of need and it’s unacceptable to abuse or assault them. We operate a zero-tolerance policy towards violence and work closely with our police colleagues to ensure that any offenders are prosecuted.”

To find out more about the importance of using the service appropriately check out the Trust’s Think Before You Call campaign on their website or follow #ThinkBeforeYouCall on social media.