Is­landers urged to use 999 num­ber

The Oban Times - - News -

MULL and Iona res­i­dents should al­ways call 999, rather than use the NHS 24 Scot­land ser­vice, mem­bers of Mull Com­mu­nity Coun­cil heard at its July meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lors were told the story of one woman who di­alled NHS 24 for her daugh­ter and was told to meet the doc­tor in the com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal in Java, Craignure.

It turned out the doc­tor and pa­tient each had to make the 90-minute round trip when they only lived five min­utes apart in Tober­mory.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil chair­man Billy McC­ly­mont said: ‘NHS 24 doesn’t work here. I would ad­vise any­one who needs to see a doc­tor out of hours to call 999. The more peo­ple who phone and use the ser­vice, the higher the like­li­hood is that we will get the ser­vice to meet our de­mands.’

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