Use 999 service wisely, say ambulance bosses

WITH snow and ice causing problems and delays across Huntingdonshire today, bosses at the East of England Ambulance Service have called on the public to use common sense when calling 999. The number should only be used for a true urgent or emergency need,

WITH snow and ice causing problems and delays across Huntingdonshire today, bosses at the East of England Ambulance Service have called on the public to use common sense when calling 999.

The number should only be used for a true urgent or emergency need, with walk-in centres and NHS Direct (0845 4647) available for non-urgent cases.

David Donegan, chief operating officer for the East of England Ambulance Service said: "Road conditions are extremely hazardous. We are currently responding to calls for emergency assistance across the region and will be deploying 4x4 vehicles to help us reach more isolated locations.

"However, we are relying on the public's good sense to use the 999 service wisely which will help us to respond to people who need our assistance for true emergencies.


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"If anyone is in any doubt about whether they need a 999 response they should ring NHS Direct for advice on 0845 4647 or contact their local doctor's surgery.

"Those within distance of an NHS GP led walk-in centre or minor injury unit should go there for treatment for minor illness and injury of the kind you would normally go to your GP or pharmacy about.

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Mr Donegan added: "We are also particularly asking drivers to avoid unnecessary journeys but if they have to venture out, even on a relatively short journey, to be fully prepared for the conditions.

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