Ambulance service coping well with winter
PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 December 2010
THE ambulance service which covers Weston and the surrounding area says it is coping well with the extreme weather conditions.
Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) this week reassured people it is operating fully despite the freezing conditions.
Its director of field operations, Tim Stockings, said: “Severe winter weather has arrived over Britain much earlier this year, but here in the West Country we have, so far, not been as badly affected as other areas. However, we have robust, well-advanced plans in place to deal with whatever the elements throw at us in the coming weeks.”
Since last winter the service has acquired several 4x4 vehicles and is working closely with voluntary organisations such as St John Ambulance to respond to calls.
Mr Stockings added: “Building on the experience of the previous two winters, we are better prepared than ever. In the event of severe weather, we will remain committed to ensuring that anyone who dials 999 with a medical emergency gets the help they need.
“However, we would also urge people living in the region to do what they can to support us in making sure our resources are available as quickly as possible to patients with genuine medical emergencies.”