Partygoers urged to stay safe this Christmas

REVELLERS are being urged to stay safe over the festive period by local NHS bosses.

With Christmas just around the corner and health services gearing up for one of their busiest times of the year, the region’s NHS is encouraging people to enjoy Christmas but to also take care throughout the festive break.

Icy weather often leads to an increase in trips and falls. Minor injuries such as sprained ankles can be dealt with at local minor injury units, avoiding unnecessary trips to a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, regional director of public health for NHS South of England, said: “We don’t want to stop people from having a good time but we want to ensure people lessen their chances of having to attend hospital and if people are drinking alcohol we urge them to drink sensibly and responsibly.

“Minor injuries can be dealt with at minor injury units or walk-in centres, and by wrapping up warm and looking out for each other, people can stay safe and well this Christmas.”

People can minimise their chances of needing to call on the help of NHS staff this Christmas by drinking responsibly, planning their evening in advance, wearing appropriate warm clothing and several light layers and suitable footwear in icy and snowy conditions, and looking out of friends.

For genuine emergencies, such as chest pain, people should not hesitate to call 999.

Details of local services are available at or by calling NHS Direct on 0845 4647.