Warning to residents as snow and ice set to fall

Dave Williams. Picture: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com
Dave Williams. Picture: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com

PEOPLE are being urged to use the emergency services wisely this week with snowfall expected to blight the borough.

With snow already falling across Doncaster and ice due to hit the roads, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is urging people to only call 999 when it is an obvious life-threatening illness or injury.

For advice and treatment for non-emergencies, people are being advised to visit their pharmacist, GP, call NHS Direct or visit a walk-in centre.

David Williams, deputy director of operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said said: “We have the situation under constant review will be making every effort to get to patients as quickly, and as safely, as possible despite any difficult conditions we encounter.

“Our staff will be working extremely hard to get to local people who call upon us for help but understandably hazardous driving conditions may lead to extended drive-times meaning it might take us a little longer than normal to reach patients in the worst hit areas.

“As snow and ice traditionally results in an increase in 999 calls, particularly for weather-related incidents such as road traffic collisions, falls and breathing difficulties, we ask that people only call 999 in a life-threatening situation to help us concentrate our resources on those who need us most.”