Tasmanians are being urged to celebrate safely as footy finals fever takes over this weekend – and spare a thought for paramedics and hospital emergency staff.

It may surprise many that it’s actually the AFL Grand Final that is traditionally the busiest night of the year for emergency response.

That places an enormous burden on Tasmania’s ambulance paramedics and hospital staff. 

I have been especially appreciative of the professionalism shown by paramedics in recent weeks in difficult circumstances.

As I have toured the state, I’ve been impressed by how paramedics keep their focus on the job and put patients first.

It has been a difficult few weeks for paramedics with concerns highlighted about hospital ramping and generally a heightened sense of security.

Paramedics have remained steadfast and continue to present a professional and committed service to the public.

In our emergency departments, the weekend will also bring higher workloads.

Everyone can play a part by planning to enjoy the Grand Final safely, and avoid a trip in an ambulance to the ED.

Of course, the ambulance service will always be there for Tasmanians in an emergency by dialling triple-zero.

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