Stay out of hospital this New Year’s Eve: AMA (WA)

Stay out of hospital this New Year’s Eve: AMA (WA)

Tuesday 30 December 2014


West Australians are urged to see out the year safely and to celebrate the arrival of 2015 sensibly, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said today.


AMA (WA) Past President A/Prof David Mountain said that emergency departments in Perth are swarming 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, mostly due to alcohol, drugs and antisocial behaviour.” A/Prof Mountain said.


“The brutal displays of violence we see on New Year’s Eve is shocking at times.


“Not only are these individuals a danger to themselves and other patients, they also put health workers at serious risk,” he said.


According to statistics obtained by St. John Ambulance, there were 299 ambulance call-outs between 6pm and 6am in the Perth Metro area on New Year’s Eve last year, with the majority being Priority 1 or emergency call outs.


The call-outs reported included injuries from motor vehicle accidents, assaults or alcohol intoxication.


“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,” A/Prof Mountain 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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