Please drink responsibly this weekend, ambulance service urges Bedford people

The call comes as lockdown restrictions eased for pubs and restaurants

East of England Ambulance Service are urging the public to show restraint, drink responsibly and remember social distancing on the first weekend that pubs and restaurants reopen as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Increased staffing has been put on over the weekend but bosses are hoping the contingency planning won't be needed.

During lockdown the ambulance trust has dealt with around 25 per cent fewer alcohol-related incidents on Saturdays compared with the same period last year.

Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

The public are also reminded of the need to stay hydrated and keep out of the sun as much as possible if the weather is hot.

Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “As an ambulance trust we are always planning ahead and risk assessing.

“With pubs and restaurants reopening, there is clearly potential for increased call-outs and we are asking the public to drink responsibly and respect the guidelines put in place by businesses and the government, such as social distancing and regular hand washing

“We have put in place contingencies to deal with the increased activity but are hopeful they will not be needed and our staff will be left to deal with urgent cases.

“The safety of our patients and staff is of paramount importance to us and we hope the public will enjoy themselves safely and sensibly.”