Plea not to call ambulance unless it’s an emergency

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South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) strives to provide the best care for patients.

As we headed into the festive period SCAS, like other emergency services, continued to face significant pressure on demand.

We are currently experiencing unprecedented levels of demand and urge the public not to call us unless they are in a life-threatening situation.

Our staff remain extremely busy and will be working hard to get to our most life threatening patients as a priority. However, there could be significant delays in responding to patients who are not suffering from life threatening symptoms.

If you do sustain minor injuries or illnesses then please use the most appropriate resources available to you. Use all NHS services appropriately and remember to only call 999 in life-threatening emergencies. We are urging the public to use our services appropriately and only call 999 if absolutely essential.

If you are suffering an injury or illness which is non-life threatening there are other avenues of care available to you.

You could visit your local pharmacy; contact your GP or out of hours GP; contact NHS111; go to walk-in centres and minor injuries units; access NHS Choices online to check your symptoms and find your nearest service.

From December 1-16, SCAS crews attended 24,313 incidents compared with 23,319 in the same period last year. For more information, see www.999southcentral.co.uk