Think before calling 999

HIGH PEAK residents are being urged to use the region’s ambulance service wisely over the festive period.

Winter is the busiest time of the year for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), particularly if it snows, so people are being urged to make sure they use 999 only for life threatening conditions.

Last year, EMAS responded to 723,519 emergency 999 calls, of which 205,248 were for life threatening conditions.

Director of Operations for EMAS, Peter Ripley, said: “We need the public to help us concentrate on and have the resources available to respond to real emergencies.

“Real life threatening emergencies include choking, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, drowning, fitting or concussion, serious blood loss, severe burns or allergic reactions.

“Be a life saver not a time waster – if you become unwell, stop to consider which NHS service you should use. You can log onto www.nhs.uk or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for advice if you feel unwell, you are unsure of your condition, are confused or need help.”