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Don’t score an own goal this World Cup

12 June 2018

World cup and ballSouth East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) is asking people to support the ambulance service as well as their chosen country throughout the World Cup.

With the tournament kicking off this week and England’s first game taking place on the evening of Monday 18 June, SECAmb is urging supporters to enjoy the tournament but plan ahead for any nights out, look out for others, not drink alcohol to excess and act responsibly.

By sticking to this advice people can help ensure staff in the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centres and ambulance crews out on the road are able to respond to patients as quickly as possible.

World Cup wish list

• If drinking alcohol – enjoy yourself, have fun but be sensible.
• Look out for others you’re with and drink water between alcoholic drinks
• Plan ahead – where are you watching the game and will you get in?
• Remember 999 is for emergencies
• Excess alcohol consumption on its own isn’t usually a reason to dial 999 for someone but if there’s another complaint causing concern or someone loses consciousness then dial 999 without delay
• If it’s not an emergency and you need health advice then you can call NHS 111, make an appointment with your GP or visit your pharmacist

SECAmb Executive Director of Operations Joe Garcia said: “While it’s perhaps open to debate quite how long England will be a part of the tournament, it’s at least three matches and hopefully more. With any major event we know it’s likely that we’ll face high demand and as ever our staff will be working hard when others are enjoying the games.

“We’re asking people to spare a thought for the ambulance service and act sensibly. By planning ahead, not drinking alcohol to excess and keeping an eye out for fellow supporters, people can avoid scoring an own goal and ending up in the care of the ambulance service.”

When to call 999:

If you think a patient is suffering from one of the following you must dial 999 for an ambulance:

• heart attack (e.g. chest pain for more than 15 minutes)
• sudden unexplained shortness of breath
• heavy bleeding
• unconsciousness (even if the patient has regained consciousness)
• traumatic back/spinal/neck pain

You should also call for an ambulance if: 

• you think the patient's illness or injury is life-threatening
• you think the illness or injury may become worse, or even life-threatening on the way to the hospital
• moving the patient/s without skilled people could cause further injury
• the patient needs the skills or equipment of the ambulance service and its personnel

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