Tweetathon for emergency services

EMERGENCY services in Barnsley will be reporting their life-saving activities on Twitter over the Easter weekend.

Barnsley Hospital’s emergency department will join the police in the town in a 12 hour tweetathon on Good Friday.

The event is part of a bid to raise the awareness of the demand on emergency services in the town on a day that is traditionally very busy.

Twitter has frequently been used by Barnsley Police to log calls and incidents to show the demands police face and on Friday the hospital’s emergency department will also be including tweets to describe the numbers of patients coming through the doors.

A hospital spokeswoman said: “Working together with the police will show how demands on emergency services may often be two-fold. It is not uncommon for a police incident to result in a member of the public attending A&E.

“Our tweets will not identify patients but we hope they will give a good insight to the numbers of people attending and the variety of conditions we see.”

Regular updates will be provided throughout the tweetathon from the emergency department, police working at Barnsley FC’s match with West Ham United and general day to day goings on including police calls and officers covering cells at Barnsley police stations.

Follow it from noon to midnight on Twitter at #Barnsley999