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Ambulance Crews Under Strain In Heat
South Coast Ambulance crews say people are dialling 999 uneccessarily during this hot weather.
South Central Ambulance Service says they have seen a significant increase in the amount of people calling during the current heatwave.
They say calling 999 for an ambulance when you don’t need one may result in vital resources being unavailable to respond to patients who genuinely need them and may be suffering from life-threatening injuries or illnessess.
Examples of inappropriate 999 calls received by South Central Ambulance Service in July 2013 include:
• A male bitten by a wild rat
• A male who had a pain in his heel as he had an ulcer
• A person who rang 999 to complain about the people upstairs and the noise they
• A lady who called for assistance in getting her downstairs as her stair lift had
• A male who had cut his hand on a glass whilst washing up
• An elderly male who dialled 999 four times unnecessarily.
Officers say many of those were after people didn't secure their car properly.
James Hemming pleaded guilty to wounding with intent after a 17-year-old girl was badly injured in Fratton.
Dorset and Hampshire officers will be carrying out extra patrols until New Year's Day.
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