Health & Well­be­ing

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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

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