It’s all toe much for emergency services
A BARMY caller angered emergency services workers by phoning 999 – because their toenail fell off.
As the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EAST) prepares for Christmas, they have seen a rise in the number of “inappropriate” emergencies.
As well as the victim with a toenail malfunction, other 999 calls have included someone who wanted a crew to carry their drunk friend up to bed, a patient who wanted a urine sample dropped off at hospital, and a parent whose child was having a temper tantrum.
The three 999 centres operated by the EAST handled 5,205 emergency calls last weekend, nearly 300 more than the previous weekend.
Neil Storey, the service’s associate director of emergency operations, said: “Unfortunately, people choose to call 999 when it’s not a lifethreatening and this has an impact on the real emergencies.”