It’s that time of year again and I am looking forward to seeing in the New Year while working the night with my London Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance colleagues in a treatment centre in the centre of London.
There are a few things that I can reliably predict for the evening. It will be damn cold, it will be crowded, it will be busy, but it definitely won’t be boring.
If you chose to come and join the thousands of revelers celebrating in town, ensure that you come prepared. Wear warm clothes, enjoy your alcohol sensibly, and have a plan for how you, your friends and family will get yourselves home after the festivities. All too often at the first aid posts we have to deal with people who have drunk too much and are unable to get themselves home safely as a result. It is a ridiculous situation because we are there to help the ill and injured but more often than not we find ourselves babysitting the inebriated until a relative can come up and collect them to take them home.
It is wise to seriously consider the wisdom of taking youngsters up to town too, especially the very young ones. Not only will they be very cold and tired but you will have real problems negotiating the heaving crowds and public transport with a buggy. Many of the shortcuts are closed off by the police and you will have no choice but to walk the long way around to get where you want to be; the last thing you need with miserable youngsters in tow.
Whether you chose to celebrate the start of the New Year like us, shivering in town or at home in the warm, I wish you a safe and happy time – may all your dreams come true. Come back next week to hear about my experiences on the night.
How are you spending your New Year’s Eve? Let me know in the comments.