Ambulance bosses hoping to avoid having to “babysit” drunks in Lichfield and Burntwood

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to think twice before overdoing the festive celebrations.

West Midlands Ambulance Service says it is preparing itself for another spike in the number of alcohol-related calls it receives.

But they are urging drinkers not to take crews away from people who need emergency treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s general manager Nathan Hudson said: “Drinking causes people to do things they definitely wouldn’t do if they were more sober. The knock-on effect of this is that our highly-trained medical staff are having to babysit fully grown adults who don’t know when they have had enough alcohol.

“These staff should be available to treat people who have suffered a life threatening emergencies.

“While we do not wish to spoil people’s fun, we would just ask people to be sensible and take responsibility for themselves and their own actions when they are out celebrating this year.

“What if an ambulance crew that was dealing with you vomiting on yourself lying in the street, wasn’t then available to treat your family member who needed lifesaving treatment? We are quite sure you would be devastated that your irresponsible actions have directly had a negative impact on your loved ones chance of survival – your Christmas probably wouldn’t be quite so merry.”

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4 Comments

  1. Rob

    19th December, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Just leave the idiots to wallow in their own vomit alongside the other substance abusers. The Friday before the winterval holidays is one night to stay indoors as all the pubs are full of morons behaving as though they’ve just emerged from custody.

  2. Toast of Lichfield

    21st December, 2015 at 10:06 am

    It’s not often I agree with Rob, but I do share his views somewhat here. The kids you see roaming the streets (nationally, too) barely able to walk, vomiting on the pavement, etc – it’s all ‘banter’ to them; if they fall, someone more responsible will pick them up. We wrap them up in cotton wool, take them to hospital, and say it’ll be ok. There’s no sense of responsibility or moderation with the drink-til-you-passout generation. I can’t help but think it’s partly due to landlords’ irresponsiblity too, serving bulk rounds of shots for a handful of pound coins, watching them knock ’em back and then still serving them when they stagger around the place. Profit-minded and as soon as the kids spill out onto the streets they wash their hands of any responsibility.

  3. Darryl

    21st December, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I firmly believe it is time we had an ‘at cost’ recovery for alcohol related incidents. Why should we pick up the cost of ambulances and medical staff for irresponsibility?

    The majority can manage numerous nights out, even 3 years at university without once waking up in a cell or hospital bed.

  4. Rob

    21st December, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    @Darryl, include other drugs too, not just alcohol.