8pm: 999 pressure - only call with life-threatening emergencies

21 December 2009 - 8pm

Londoners are being urged to only call 999 with life-threatening emergencies this evening.

The London Ambulance Service is continuing to receive a large volume of calls, and combined with the road and traffic conditions across the capital it means that the emergency system is coming under extreme pressure.

To enable us to provide the fastest response we can to patients with serious or immediately life-threatening illnesses and injuries, we are not currently sending ambulances to callers with minor injuries or illnesses.

Anyone with less serious conditions are urged to consider other healthcare options, including calling NHS Direct on 0845 4647 for advice.
If they need to go to hospital, they should use other modes of transport such as a taxi or by getting a lift with a friend or family member.

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