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East of England Ambulance Service gets ready to cope with surge in calls as pubs reopen




The ambulance service for Hertfordshire and Essex is deploying extra staff this weekend to cope with any surge in emergencies as pubs reopen.

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust is urging people to show restraint, drink responsibly and remember social distancing from Saturday (July 4) as coronavirus restrictions are further eased.

During lockdown, the service has dealt with around 25% fewer alcohol-related incidents on Saturdays compared with the same period last year.

Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer at East of England Ambulance Service who is calling for responsible drinking on the first weekend that pubs and restaurants reopen (37619588)
Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer at East of England Ambulance Service who is calling for responsible drinking on the first weekend that pubs and restaurants reopen (37619588)

The public is also reminded of the need to stay hydrated and to keep out of the sun if the weather is hot.

Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer at EEAST, said: “With pubs and restaurants reopening, there is clearly potential for increased call-outs and we are asking the public to drink responsibly and respect the guidelines put in place by businesses and the Government, such as social distancing and regular hand-washing.

“We have put in place contingencies to deal with the increased activity but are hopeful they will not be needed and our staff will be left to deal with urgent cases.

“The safety of our patients and staff is of paramount importance to us and we hope the public will enjoy themselves safely and sensibly.”


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