How to stay well this bank holiday

QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110904009
QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110904009

The region’s ambulance service has issued advice to reduce the number of uncessary 999 calls this August bank holiday weekend.

The trust received nearly 8,500 emergency calls during the last August bank holiday weekend which was a 7 per cent increase.

The most common calls were falls (1,225), breathing problems (510), chest pain (508), as well as 217 traumatic injuries.

In Norfolk, there were 1,301 emergency calls on bank holiday weekend.

To ensure you stay well during the long weekend: make sure you have enough prescription medication, stock up on over-the-counter pain killers and antihistamines, and wear sun cream and spend time in the shade.

The advice also suggests drinking cool drinks and avoiding caffeine and alcohol, as well as only going swimming in open water if it is supervised by lifeguards.

If you are lighting a barbecue, make sure it is on level ground and away from fences, sheds and overhanging trees.