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Advice during high levels of air pollution

London Ambulance Service is asking Londoners to take extra care and use the Service wisely during high levels of air pollution expected tomorrow (Friday 10 April).

The advice comes in light of an air pollution forecast from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Medical Director Dr Fenella Wrigley said: “If you are active or training for the London marathon you may find that your exercise tolerance may be low. People with asthma may also find that they need to use their inhaler more frequently and I would advise them to carry it with them at all times.

“Anyone who experiences sore eyes should rinse them with water and people with tickly coughs or dry throats should drink plenty of fluids.

“If these symptoms persist, please speak to a pharmacist, GP or call NHS 111. 

“Those who are young and healthy are unlikely to suffer serious effects

“As always, we would remind Londoners to only call us in a genuine emergency and at all other times call NHS 111, or seek advice from a pharmacist or GP.”

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Notes to editors:

  • London Ambulance Service received 227 emergency calls for patients with breathing problems  on Wednesday 2 April 2014 compared to 200 on an average Wednesday in 2014.
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  • 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.