The Minister for Health has thanked frontline workers for their dedication ahead of New Year’s celebrations.
Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said from police officers to hospital staff, hundreds of people have given up Christmas and New Year’s celebrations with their families to ensure Territorians can be safe this holiday season.
“Fire and Ambulance Crews and the staff at our six Territory hospital will also work around the clock to ensure Territorians can access the services they need.
“I want to thank the many Territorians who are giving up their celebrations to ensure Territorians can have a safe New Years,” she said.
Territory Health Professionals are on stand-by but say they hope Territorians won’t be spending their New Years in hospital.
RDH Director of Emergency Medicine, Dr Didier Palmer said every year around New Year’s we see even more patients attend our EDs with alcohol-related trauma.
“Broken limbs, broken faces, internal injuries and the psychological trauma which lasts long after physical healing.
“We see every day and more so over the New Year, the devastating impact this has on families and loved ones,” he said.
Operations Manager of St John Ambulance NT, Craig Garraway is urging Territorians to stay safe on the roads and while out and about over NYE.
“Over the festive season St John Ambulance paramedics see an increase in presentations from patients suffering from injuries and illnesses caused by the effects of the excessive consumption of alcohol. Unfortunately far too often our paramedics are faced with aggression and abuse from those who are impacted by the effects of alcohol.
“Our paramedics are out there to do a job, to treat the injured, the sick and the suffering and it is important for paramedics to be able to do their job uninterrupted and in a safe environment.
“Look after each other, always call triple zero 000 in an emergency and remember that we are out there working to help you so please let us do our jobs safely.”
There are many activities across the Northern Territory over the holiday season to enjoy and Territorians are being urged to ensure they plan for a safe celebration.
Top End make the most of free buses running throughout the night on New Year’s Eve to ferry people to and from celebrations.