Health & Wellbeing
If you are injured or unwell, it’s a good idea to think before automatically calling an ambulance, unless for a really serious or life-threatening condition, of course.
Instead, experts urge you to think of A&E as an emergency option for chest pain or blood loss, blacking out or choking, and opt for your GP or pharmacist, or call NHS 111, for advice instead. Here’s how the costs work out:
• calling an ambulance: £247 • stepping into A&E: £124
• seeing your GP: £32
• a call to NHS 111: £16
• a click on NHS Choices website: 46p