Ambulance crews urge people to keep warm in the cold

PUBLISHED: 13:30 23 December 2010

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AS THE cold weather is expected to last up till Boxing Day, regional emergency services are urging people to keep warm over the Christmas break.

Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) is calling on residents in the district to check on elderly and vulnerable relatives over the festive period.

Associate director Andy Hollingshead said: “Christmas is very much business as usual for the ambulance service – but if people take some simple, sensible precautions they are much less likely to find their Christmas celebrations being interrupted by having to call 999 for help.”

The service says life-threatening calls have gone up almost a quarter to 1,405 in the four-day period from December 17 to December 20.

The total number of 999 calls to the body was 3,504.

Mr Hollingshead said: “The severe weather of recent days has also been very challenging – our focus has been on ensuring we continue to provide a safe and effective 999 service and I am pleased to say that we have reached every person who called us for help.”

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