Only phone ambulance in an emergency over Christmas, people urged

Sutton Guardian: Only phone ambulance in an emergency over Christmas, people urged Only phone ambulance in an emergency over Christmas, people urged

The London Ambulance Service is urging Sutton people to prepare ahead of Christmas and only call for an ambulance in a genuine emergency.

People are advised to visit a walk-in-centre or call 111 for minor illnesses and injuries and to consider making their own way to the hospital in cases that are not an emergency.

It is also suggested to have enough of any necessary medication to last the holidays, to wrap up warm when going outside and to look after vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours over christmas.

Phil Powell ambulance operations manager for St Helier said: "Our priority is to get to the most seriously ill and injured patients as soon as possible.

"Please help us by only calling 999 in a real emergency, and seeking help elsewhere for less serious problems."

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5:04pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Most patients are not medically trained to recognise whether their distressing symptoms are life-threatening. While it's fine to advise people not to take up time over Christmas with obviously trivial calls there is a risk that over-conscientious people might be persuaded to delay asking for halp for a serious matter. Phone to phone consultations are not as good as face to face.
Most patients are not medically trained to recognise whether their distressing symptoms are life-threatening. While it's fine to advise people not to take up time over Christmas with obviously trivial calls there is a risk that over-conscientious people might be persuaded to delay asking for halp for a serious matter. Phone to phone consultations are not as good as face to face. Michael Pantlin

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