The voices of staff from the London Ambulance Service will be ringing out across the Transport for London network this Christmas in a series of specially-recorded messages reminding millions of customers to take care as they travel across the capital.
The festive period is very busy for the capital’s emergency services and public transport networks. Many travel home for the holidays or enjoy seasonal parties across the city. To help prevent accidents across the travel network and reduce pressure on the ambulance service during this busy time, staff from LAS have teamed up with TfL to urge partygoers to take extra care after drinking alcohol.
London Ambulance Service 111 call handlers Shanice Sinclair and Sapphire McFarlane, mental health nurse Tahmina Begum, and paramedic Greg Browne from the service’s mental health joint response team have all recorded announcements for the Transport for London campaign.
In their messages, the LAS team members urge the public to take extra care when travelling after drinking alcohol and to plan their journeys, so they arrive home safely. These will be played over public address systems at 28 central London rail and underground stations, including London Bridge, King’s Cross, Tottenham Court Road, and Oxford Circus.
Around a million London Underground customers are expected to hear these messages every day when they are broadcast from 1st December into the New Year.
Call handler Shanice Sinclair said: “It is really exciting to know a million people travelling on the London Underground daily will hear my voice sharing this important message.”
“I monitor 111 calls at the London Ambulance Service and see how many people get in touch with us about problems or injuries linked to alcohol use. I hope our messages will remind people to drink responsibly, look after their friends and be extra careful while having fun over December and New Year.”
This is the fourth year that LAS has partnered with TfL on the campaign to bring safety messages to the public from its teams.
LAS attended 4,136 alcohol-related incidents in December 2021, almost 5% of the incidents it was called to that month. Across New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, 9% of the incidents LAS attended were linked to alcohol.
Chief medical officer and deputy chief executive of the London Ambulance Service, Dr Fenella Wrigley, said: “We want everyone to enjoy themselves over the festive period, but please remember to drink responsibly and take extra care when travelling home afterwards.”
“Demand on 999 and 111 services remains very high, and we need to ensure our sickest and most seriously injured patients receive a response as quickly as possible – you can help support our staff and service by drinking responsibly and not taking unnecessary risks.”