With a seasonal rise in demand for the 999 service during the winter months, High Peak residents are being urged to think twice before calling for an ambulance.
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is asking the public to consider using other health care services this winter, rather than dialling 999 to free up the service for genuinely life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
Richard Henderson, EMAS Director of Operations, said: “Due to the increasing number of calls we receive during the winter months, it puts the service under increased pressure and makes it more difficult for us to ensure we reach all of those people calling for emergency medical treatment quickly.
“While EMAS has strategic plans in place to help manage the additional demand winter brings, people with minor illnesses and injuries should consider the variety of other NHS healthcare services available to them for advice and treatment for non-emergencies and less serious conditions.”
To find out more about the best NHS service to use this winter see www.nhs.uk. People can also get advice by calling 111.