LISTEN: Man calls 999 for lift to London

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A man called the emergency ambulance service to call for a lift to London to see a friend.

The recording of a real 999 call was released by East Midlands Ambulance Service as a reminder that the line is only for emergencies.

A man called 999 for a lift

A man called 999 for a lift

EMAS said its most inappropriate calls in April were:-

1. Man asked for ambulance to give him a lift to London to see his friend

2. Someone called to check it was Monday

3. Heating not working and asking for a plumber to be sent out

4. Splinter in finger

5. Lost credit card and wanted to speak to her bank

6. Cannot get doctor’s appointment so can we send an ambulance

7. Toothache

8. Wanted to know where the nearest chemist is

9. No phone credit and wants to be put through to QMC

10. Cannot find TV remote to switch off TV

Simon Tomlinson, General Manager for EMAS Emergency Operations Centres, said: 'I'd like to remind people to only dial 999 in the event of a serious emergency and remember the other options available, such as calling NHS 111, contact their GP or a pharmacist or visit an NHS Walk in Centre.

'When you call 999 because someone is unconscious, not breathing, having chest pains or has the symptoms of a stroke, you are making the right call.'