03 April 2014
The London Ambulance Service saw a 14 per cent increase in
emergency calls for patients with breathing problems yesterday
(Wednesday 2 April).
Deputy Medical Director, Fenella Wrigley said: “More people are
calling us with breathing difficulties, asthma and heart
“Those who are young and healthy are unlikely to suffer serious
short-term effects. They may experience sore eyes, a tickly cough
or a dry throat. If these symptoms persist, they should speak to a
pharmacist, GP or call NHS 111.
“People with asthma may also find that they need to use their
inhaler more frequently and I would advise them to have their
inhaler with them.
“This is a busy time for us and I would urge Londoners to use us
only in an emergency, and anyone with a minor condition should call
NHS 111, or seek advice from their pharmacist or GP.”
Public Health England recommends on occasions where air
pollution levels are high that adults and children with lung
problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous
physical exertion, particularly outdoors and if they experience
symptoms. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone
experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat
should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.
Notes to editors:
- The London Ambulance Service received 227 emergency calls for
patients with breathing problems yesterday (Wednesday 2 April)
compared to 200 on an average Wednesday.
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