STAY safe when watching England’s quarter-final against Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals this Sunday (June 24) - that’s the message from South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb).
SECAmb typically experiences an increase in calls when events such as major football matches take place and received more than 100 additional calls when England played Sweden on Friday June 15 compared to the previous Friday.
On Friday June 8 between 6pm and midnight, SECAmb received 547 emergency calls.
This increased to 650 for the same period on Friday June 15.
SECAmb is urging everyone to ensure the hopeful celebrations are not spoilt by a trip in an ambulance and to hospital which could have been avoided.
If people are drinking alcohol SECAmb asks that they are sensible and also drink water and eat. By looking out for friends and planning their evening people can lessen their chances of having to call an ambulance.
SECAmb always plans ahead to manage demand around potentially busy periods but is asking supporters to avoid scoring an own goal by following these simple measures.
Head of Contingency, Planning and Resilience at SECAmb Andy Cashman said: “As always, we have robust plans in place to manage any increase in demand but people can support us as well as the players by using their common sense to avoid any unnecessary trips to A&E. If people choose to consume alcohol they should also ensure they also drink plenty of water. We obviously don’t want to stop people having a good time but we do ask that they are sensible and think about the impact of their actions.”