Ambulance trust sees an increase in calls

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THE ambulance service that services Hampshire is reminding people to only dial 999 in an emergency.

According to South Central Ambulance Service (Scas), which covers Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, there has been an increase in the number of people calling the service.

Between July 12 and July 14 this year, Scas responded to 4,346 emergency calls, of which 1,154 were potentially life-threatening.

When compared with an average weekend in June, the trust went to 4,057 incidents, of which 1,096 were potentially life-threatening.

An ambulance spokesman said: ‘Please remember that misuse of the ambulance service costs lives.

‘Only call 999 in the event of a medical emergency, calling when you don’t need an ambulance may result in vital resources being unavailable to respond to patients suffering life-threatening injury or illness.

‘Arriving by ambulance at a hospital’s Emergency Department doesn’t guarantee you’ll be seen ahead of other patients who don’t.

‘Patients are prioritised according to the severity of their condition.’