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WATCH: Yorkshire Ambulance Service 'Christmas Wish' campaign

WATCH: Yorkshire Ambulance Service 'Christmas Wish' campaign

Published by Harry Long at 2:42pm 11th December 2019. (Updated at 2:54pm 11th December 2019)

Yorkshire Ambulance Service is appealing to people across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale to safeguard the service for those in need over the busy festive period.

  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service have launched their 'Christmas Wish' campaign.  
  • They're asking people to safeguard the service for those in need. 
  • The service is expecting more than 70,000 calls over the three week festive period.  

The service has launched its #ChristmasWish campaign.  It features messages from staff about how the public can help to ease pressures on the service, which is facing unprecedented demand this winter

Over the three-week Christmas period, from 16th December, the Trust predicts that it will deal with more than 70,000 calls across Yorkshire.

'Significant increase in demand'

On the busiest days – Friday 20th and Saturday 28th December and Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd January – the service is expecting to receive an average of one 999 call every 30 seconds.

The service say the public have a key role to play to ensure they use the service responsibly.

 

Nick Smith, Director of Operations for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said:

“Alongside all other UK ambulance services, we have seen a significant increase in demand since October and this has been building into November and December, including more serious types of calls often related to breathing problems in the young and elderly.

“We are currently planning for a further increase of 10% across the festive period which means we will have over 300 ambulances in operation on specific days and are taking numerous other measures. However, we need the public to know when to call 999 and when another NHS service is more appropriate. If someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, you should call 999 immediately. If not, please consider other options.”

The #ChristmasWish videos will be posted on the service's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages and can also be viewed on the Yorkshire Ambulance Service YouTube channel here.  

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