London Ambulance Service prepares for snow and shares top tips on staying safe in the cold
As the capital braces itself for possible snowfall tonight, ambulance bosses are reminding people to take care to stay safe and well and to use the Service wisely.
Along with much of the country, London is expected to be blanketed with snow towards the end of the week amid a cold snap.
The Service is well prepared for adverse weather but is calling on the public to take care and to use it wisely so it can continue to get the most seriously ill and injured patients quickly.
Pauline Cranmer, Head of Emergency Care Services at London Ambulance Service:
“We are prepared for the effects of heavy snowfall in the capital and have measures in place to ensure we can continue to get to and care for patients.
“Londoners can help us by taking extra care on roads and footpaths, wrapping up warm and keeping an eye on those who might be vulnerable in the cold.
“We must prioritise the most seriously ill and injured patients and we urge people to call 111 if they have an urgent medical concern and only call 999 in an emergency.”
In order to prepare for snow all of the Service’s ambulances are fitted with tyres which work efficiently on snow and ice. The Service also has four-by-four vehicles at standby points should they be needed to keep staff moving and to ensure patients receive the care they need.
London Ambulance Communications Team