Snow and ice warning after 150 calls to ambulance service in a week

Slips and falls due to ice and snow in the North West have resulted in more than 150 calls to the North West Ambulance Service in a week.

Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 11:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 11:12 am
Snow and ice warning

Additionally there were more than a dozen sledging and even snowboarding incidents as the public tried to enjoy recent flurries.

Now as snow remains on the ground in many areas and with warnings of ice still forecast, NWAS wants to warn to people to take care if they are heading out in the cold weather.

Regionally, Lancashire recorded the most incidents between 28 December and 4 January with approximately 43 callouts although in Greater Manchester the number of incidents was similar. Some incidents also required the assistance of Mountain Rescue Teams as they happened in areas difficult for ambulance crews to access.

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NWAS Medical Director, Chris Grant said: “Most of time slips and falls result in bumps and bruises and being a bit shaken up, however that can be more serious and recently we’ve had to treat serious cuts as well as potential broken bones and fractures.

“With the latest national lockdown restrictions we know people will be heading outside for some fresh air and we want everyone to enjoy the snow safely and get about without falling or hurting themselves. Think about wearing sensible shoes with a good grip and walk slowly and carefully over icy or untreated surfaces.

“If you are a bit unsteady on your feet and you’re worried about going out in icy weather, ask your family or neighbours to run any urgent errands you might have. Equally if you know of anyone who might be vulnerable, offer to pick up some shopping to drop off at their door when you do your own weekly shop.

“If you are clearing snow try to use council grit bins, saving some for others to use, and don’t use boiling water because it can just refreeze.

“Also if you can download and use the What3Words app we can use the information it gives to locate injured patients much quicker.

“However remember that 999 should be reserved for life threatening emergencies only. If you need urgent care go to 111 online for assistance.”

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