Stay out of hospital this New Year’s Eve

Stay out of hospital this New Year’s Eve


Friday 29 December 2017

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West Australians are urged to see out the year safely and to celebrate the arrival of 2018 sensibly, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said today.

 

AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said that emergency departments in Perth will be swamped with drunk and drugged affected individuals on New Year’s Eve, causing serious strain on our public hospitals.

 

“Every year we have a surge in presentations on New Year’s Eve, largely due to alcohol, drugs and antisocial behaviour.” Dr Khorshid said.

 

“Last year paramedics attended more than 1000 cases between midnight on 30 December and noon on New Year’s day, and that was just in the metropolitan region.

 

“More than 80 of those cases were due to alcohol or drug related call outs.

 

“This is a time of celebration, so we urge all West Australians to avoid turning it into a tragedy.

 

“Look after each other – if you see someone that is over intoxicated and in need of help, do the right thing and offer assistance or notify the relevant authorities,” Dr Khorshid said.

 

To have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve remember to:

 

• Drink in moderation
• Respect yourself and those around you
• Ensure that you plan your celebrations in advance
• Look after your friends and always make sure they get home safely.

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