Sledging incidents put strain on ambulance service

PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

PEOPLE injured through sledging or slipping on ice has added to the strain on the region's ambulance service.

PEOPLE injured through sledging or slipping on ice has added to the strain on the region's ambulance service.

Following Tuesday's heavy snowfall, 999 calls have increased and have proved a 'challenge' for Great Western Ambulance Service.

Frequent complaints involve people tipping over on sledges, hitting rocks while tobogganing and slipping over.

A spokesman said: "We have had more calls in the days after the snow as it has become icier and therefore more slippery.

"Especially for the elderly who may have stayed in because of the snow.

"They are now having to go out to get essential supplies that may have now run out."

The spokesman said the service is busy enough with regular casualties and that the addition of the victims of the snow has proved more challenging.

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