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
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