Ambulance service receives dozens of calls after accidents spike in wintry weather across the region

The recent wintry weather has seen the region’s ambulance services having to cope with dozens of calls about slips and tumbles.

By Phil Cunnington
Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 12:30 pm

Slips and falls due to ice and snow in the North West have resulted in more than 150 calls to the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) in a week. Additionally there were more than a dozen sledging and even snowboarding incidents as the public tried to enjoy recent flurries.

Now, as snow remains on the ground in many areas and with warnings of ice still forecast, NWAS is warning people to take care if they are heading out in the cold weather.

Regionally, Lancashire recorded the most incidents between December 28 and January 4, with around 43 call-outs, although in Greater Manchester the number of incidents was similar. Some incidents also required the assistance of Mountain Rescue Teams as they happened in areas difficult for ambulance crews to access.

Families enjoy the snow in Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, earlier this week. North West Ambulance Service is urging people to be careful in the ice and snow after a recent spike in calls to the service

NWAS Medical Director Chris Grant said: “Most of time slips and falls result in bumps and bruises and being a bit shaken up. However, that can be more serious and recently we’ve had to treat serious cuts as well as potential broken bones and fractures.

“With the latest national lockdown restrictions we know people will be heading outside for some fresh air and we want everyone to enjoy the snow safely and get about without falling or hurting themselves. Think about wearing sensible shoes with a good grip and walk slowly and carefully over icy or untreated surfaces.

“If you are clearing snow try to use council grit bins, saving some for others to use, and don’t use boiling water because it can just refreeze.

“Also if you can download and use the What3Words app we can use the information it gives to locate injured patients much quicker.

A wintry scene above Burnley, looking over to Pendle Hill

“However, remember that 999 should be reserved for life threatening emergencies only. If you need urgent care go to 111 online for assistance.”