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Urging fans to be sensible throughout World Cup

Press release - 15 June 2010

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) is urging football fans to be sensible and stay safe ahead of England’s World Cup match this Friday, (18 June).

In the hours surrounding England’s first game against the USA last Saturday, (June 12) 999 calls requesting an ambulance rose compared to the previous weekend.

Between the hours of 5pm on Saturday 5 June and 2am on Sunday 6 June the Trust received 772 emergency calls. The following weekend the Trust received 854 emergency 999 calls in the same period.

SECAmb had plans in place to manage the anticipated additional demand with extra ambulances and clinicians responding to emergencies. The Trust will once again implement these plans but is asking the public for their support by enjoying the game sensibly.

SECAmb Senior Operations Manager James Pavey said: “We obviously want people to have a good time but also to be sensible. We don’t want to be killjoys but we need supporters to be careful and not cause unnecessary problems for us and our fellow emergency services.

“If people are drinking alcohol they need to drink responsibly and know their limits. We’d advise people to also drink plenty of water and for friends to look out for each other.

“Excessive alcohol consumption on its own is not a reason to call an ambulance. However, if an intoxicated person appears to have another complaint that gives cause for concern, or they lose consciousness and cannot be roused, people should of course call 999 for an ambulance without delay.”

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