8:00am Friday 29th March 2013
Plan ahead and stay safe is the message from Yorkshire Ambulance bosses this Easter weekend.
With many people enjoying the four-day bank holiday with family and friends, coupled with the current cold snap, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is anticipating a spike in demand for its services.
This has prompted an appeal for people to take extra care when they are out and about, stock up on over-the-counter products such as painkillers and treatments for coughs and colds and only call 999 for an ambulance in a life-threatening or serious medical emergency such as a heart attack or stroke.
David Williams, deputy director of operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, says that traditionally bank holiday periods result in a rise in calls, many for minor ailments, which puts pressure on the already busy service.
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