London Ambulance Service sees an increase in patients with breathing problems

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 problems.

“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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