It’s all toe much for emer­gency ser­vices

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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.”

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