An individual known as for an ambulance after consuming an excessive amount of kebab, a service has revealed.
Further 999 calls have been made in Wales as a result of somebody had misplaced their false tooth, and one other had their hand caught in a letterbox.
A misplaced voice and a hoop caught on a finger prompted different inappropriate calls to the Welsh Ambulance Service.
The service had 414,149 calls final yr and of these, 68,416 weren’t a life-or-death emergency, it mentioned.
That’s a mean of 188 calls a day which has prompted the belief to remind folks solely to dial 999 if somebody is critically sick or injured.
999 calls obtained in Wales
Here are some transcripts of calls made to the ambulance service in Wales over the previous yr.
Too a lot kebab
Operator: Tell me precisely what’s occurred.
Caller: Yesterday night, we had some kebab, and I may need had a bit of bit greater than I’m used to, then this morning, I’ve had a really painful abdomen.
Hand caught in letterbox
Operator: Is the affected person awake?
Caller: Yeah, it is me, my hand’s caught within the door.
Operator: Is the door locked in the meanwhile?
Caller: Yeah, it is locked. Mam! No, my hand’s caught within the f*****g letterbox.
Operator: How outdated are you?
Caller: Open the door, my hand’s caught!
Missing false tooth
Caller: I’ve a backside half denture, and I went to wash my tooth and I mentioned, ‘Where’s my false tooth?’ This sounds loopy… however I do not know what else to do. Could I’ve swallowed my false tooth?
Operator: So, you do not know the place your false tooth are?
Andy Swinburn, govt director of paramedicine, mentioned “inappropriate calls put additional strain on an already over-stretched service”.
“Our plea to the public is to apply your common sense – most people know the difference between a real emergency and something that is uncomfortable, painful or irritating but not life-threatening,” he mentioned.
Executive director of operations, Lee Brooks, mentioned the service wanted the general public “to take some ownership and accountability for their health and wellbeing” and that NHS companies have been “stretched beyond measure”.
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“We know it’s confusing to access NHS services – you don’t know what’s open when and which healthcare professional is best placed to help,” chief govt Jason Killens added.
“Longer-term, our ambition is to play a strengthened role in the broader NHS system to help patients navigate the right pathway to the most appropriate service, and that includes non-urgent health queries too.”