‘Help, I’ve eaten a tomato’: Most ridiculous 999 calls revealed

    Among them was someone who had eaten a mouldy tomato and another who had got their plaster cast wet.

    One person with an earring lodged inside their ear asked for a “lift” to hospital while another dialled 999 for a paper cut.

    The Welsh Ambulance Service said of the 470,653 incidents recorded by the service in the last 12 months, nearly a quarter were non-essential, including someone with diarrhoea and someone enquiring about their medication.

    In the face of unprecedented demand, the ambulance service is reminding people only to call 999 in a serious or life-threatening emergency.

    Chief executive Jason Killens said: “Our ambulance service exists to help people who are seriously ill or injured, or where there is an immediate threat to their life.

    “That’s people who’ve stopped breathing, people with chest pain or breathing difficulties, loss of consciousness, choking, severe allergic reactions, catastrophic bleeding or someone who is having a stroke.

    “People with something stuck in their ear still have a clinical need, but calling 999 for that is ill-judged when there are so many other ways to access more appropriate help.

    “Non-essential calls represent nearly a quarter of our total 999 calls, and time spent dealing with these could be time spent helping someone in a life or death situation.”

    As Covid-19 tightens its grip, the ambulance trust is asking the public to think about the many alternatives to 999.

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