Public asked to only call for ambulance in life threatening emergency

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(Last Updated On: March 2, 2018)

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust have asked the public to only 999 for an ambulance in a life threatening emergency as they are currently experiencing a critical level in demand due to the current weather conditions.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust posted on Facebook today, Friday 2nd March: “Due to the ongoing adverse weather conditions we are currently experiencing a critical level in demand for the 999 ambulance service across the whole of the south west. Some of our less urgent patients can expect a significant wait for an ambulance while our hard working staff are dealing with those in the most urgent need.

“Please only call 999 in a genuine life threatening emergency.

“Examples of when to call 999 include:
• Cardiac arrests
• Strokes
• Serious bleeding that cannot be stopped
• A severe allergic reaction
• Serious breathing difficulties
• Loss of consciousness

“If it is not a life threatening emergency please do not call us. Consider alternative options that may be available including NHS111, self-care at home or visit the NHS Choices website for help and information: https://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx”

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