14,340 incidents in four days
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is reminding people to only call 999 in a medical emergency when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.
The Trust has been responding to a high number of incidents with demand for the service increasing during the past month.
SWASFT dealt with 14,340 incidents between Friday 7th and Tuesday 11th August. This is 13.8% higher than the same period last year.
The Trust is encouraging people to use the ambulance service wisely and to make appropriate use of other healthcare options. It warns that continued high call volumes could delay help to those patients most in need of emergency care.
The service is reminding people to call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk. For less-serious medical incidents, contact NHS 111 by phone or online to make sure you get the right treatment.
Bob Jope HEALTHWATCH TORBAY
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