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Your spotlight on local services

"Needs his friends…not an ambulance…”


For the first time ever, the London Ambulance Service are running an alcohol awareness campaign in August – now the busiest month of the year for alcohol related incidents – to encourage people not to drink so much that they need an ambulance.

The campaign - Not An Ambulance – highlights the fact that a lot of the people ambulance crews respond to on Friday and Saturday nights don’t need an ambulance on blue lights – they just need their friends to get them home safely and help them sober up.

The campaign launches today with a 90 second film: http://www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/getting_involved/notanambulance.aspx

Last August, London Ambulance Service responded to over 6,650 alcohol-related incidents, making up seven per cent of all ambulance call outs for the month – more than in December’s party season.

The ambulance service are asking people to drink responsibly, and – if their friends do drink too much and need help – look after them so they don’t end up alone, vulnerable and in need of an ambulance.


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