Only use 999 in emergency

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Ambulance chiefs are urging South Yorkshire residents only to use 999 in emergencies during one of their busiest weekends of the year.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service receives a big increase in 999 calls during Easter.

Patients can use pharmacies, NHS 111 or walk-in-centres to get advice.

A spokesman said they needed ambulances ‘there for those who need them most’.

David Williams, deputy director of operations, said: “Typically more people will be socialising with friends and family during the Easter break and this can lead to more people becoming ill or injured and requiring medical advice and we usually see a rise in alcohol-fuelled incidents too.

“We are not trying to stop people having a good time or deter them from calling 999 in a genuine medical emergency but what we do ask is that people look after themselves and others and think carefully about whether an emergency ambulance is the most appropriate service for their needs.”

Patients can use pharmacies, NHS 111 or walk-in-centres to get advice and treatment.

He added: “We want to make sure that this weekend is one that people will remember for all the right reasons and, more importantly, that our ambulance crews are there for those who need them most. So please act responsibly and enjoy the Easter celebrations with the spirit intended.”