Think before you call 999

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PEOPLE are being urged to think twice before calling an ambulance as they could get more efficient treatment elsewhere.

As Diamond Jubilee celebrations take place across the Portsmouth area, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is asking people to help them by dialling 999 only for life-threatening situations and medical emergencies.

The trust said calling for an ambulance when it might not be needed ties up the resource for someone else.

Instead, people are being asked to ‘choose well’ and be aware of other options.

People can call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47, call their out-of-hours GP service, go to the local walk-in centre or minor injuries unit, go to the emergency department or see a pharmacist.