“Please use us wisely and only call 999 with life-threatening emergencies” – that’s again the message from the London Ambulance Service after heavy overnight snow hit (parts of) the capital.
Londoners with minor illnesses or injuries are being asked to think about other healthcare options, such as calling NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for advice, or going to a local pharmacist or NHS Walk-in centre.
Anyone who thinks that they need to go hospital for non-emergency treatment should consider making their own way there – going in an ambulance does not mean that they will be seen any more quickly.
Demand on the Service’s 999 control room is already starting to rise this morning, and it is anticipated that the icy conditions will lead to a further increase in calls throughout the day.
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