Chief says only dial 999 in emergencies

YORKSHIRE Ambulance Service is encouraging people to dial 999 in emergencies only.

Winter is traditionally a challenging time for the ambulance service and staff working in the Emergency Operations Centres will see a significant increase in emergency calls.

To try and ease this pressure, ambulance bosses are appealing to people with minor illnesses and injuries to consider more appropriate healthcare services for their needs such as a visit to a GP, walk-in centre, minor injuries unit or a pharmacist, or call NHS Direct. Chief executive David Whiting said: “If we can reduce the number of inappropriate calls, this would be of great benefit to us and the patients we serve.”