NEAS advice ahead of New Year's Eve
Busy night expected
NEAS is asking the public to be sensible when celebrating the
New Year's Eve is one of our busiest night's of the year - with
our call centre taking 500-plus calls on the nightshift alone.
Revellers are advised to plan their night out in advance; make
sure they eat a meal beforehand; hydrate themselves with water or
soft drinks; make sure they have arranged transport to get
Paramedic Jeannie Henderson, NEAS's Clinical Practise Manager,
said: "It's always one of our busiest nights of the year. Our
advice to anyone going out on New Year's Eve is just to
be sensible. Plan ahead. Single females should stay in groups to
make sure they are safe.
"It's sometimes easy to get carried away in the
excitement and just rush straight out after work without
bothering to eat anything, which means the alcohol is going to have
more of an effect.
"This year we have a new system in place where police officers
at the scene of an incident can contact us directly through their
police radio, which should speed up the flow of information.
"In the contact centre itself, we will have a special "New
Year's Eve" cell, which will co-ordinate all the information that
"Our crews are dedicated to providing a high quality service and
will help as many people as we can. All we ask is that the public
be respectful of our staff."