999? I’ve got a contact lens problem

Toothache and trouble with contact lenses are just some of the reasons people have been ringing 999.

In the past week, Yorkshire Ambulance Service says it has even received a call to their emergency number from someone wanting to know where they can collect medication after being discharged from hospital. As they go through one of their most challenging times of the year, the service is urging people to consider whether they really need to be ringing 999.

Chief executive David Whiting said inappropriate calls can delay help getting to those who need it most. “These calls divert emergency resources away from those with potentially life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack or stroke.”