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South West Ambulance 'Major Incident Risk' Averted


(Updated 10:47am 29th December 2014)

8:35am 29th December 2014

South West Ambulance says it's no longer at risk of a 'major incident'.

Yesterday, it was about to declare one - following a higher-than-usual number of calls to 999 and the non-emergency 111 service.

But it says GP surgeries re-opening today after the Christmas break has eased pressure on the system.

Meanwhile drinking too much, bad weather conditions and planning ahead are some of things Dorset drivers are being asked to think about during South Western Ambulance Service's 'Festive Spirit' campaign.

They're encouraging us to consider the potential impact our behaviour could have on others.

The Trust's Medical Director, Dr Andy Smith said "It is not about pointing the finger and telling people how to behave. This campaign is concerned with encouraging people to think about the potential impact that their behaviour has on others."

"Each year the Trust attends thousands of incidents where the patient's injuries were entirely preventable. We all lead busy lives - the festive period being one of the busiest times of the year socially."

"People just need to take simple steps in order to make informed decisions, like drive at reduced speeds in poor weather conditions for example. By following simple steps lives will be saved and serious injury can be avoided."

"We wish all residents and visitors to the region a happy, safe and healthy festive period."

They're also urging motorists to have a eye test if they've got sight problems and keeping within the speed limit to make sure we stay safe on the county's roads.

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