New Year’s Day DNA 999 call

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A MAN called the emer­gency ser­vices on New Year’s Day ask­ing for an am­bu­lance to come to his home to per­form a DNA test be­cause his “part­ner cheated”.

The man spoke with an op­er­a­tor from North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, which cov­ers Cum­bria, Lan­cashire, Cheshire, Mersey­side and Greater Manch­ester.

In a record­ing of the con­ver­sa­tion the op­er­a­tor asks the man “is the pa­tient breath­ing” to which he replies: “OK, please I’m just ring­ing be­cause my part­ner has cheated on me.”

- Op­er­a­tor: Right, lis­ten to me is the pa­tient breath­ing? - Caller: Hello? - Op­er­a­tor: Is the pa­tient breath­ing?

- Caller: Ev­ery­thing okay, I want you am­bu­lance to come to my house to go to do DNA test.

- Op­er­a­tor: Excuse me? Why?

- Caller: Be­cause my part­ner has cheated on me.

- Op­er­a­tor: Right, OK this is an emer­gency ser­vice, we don’t do DNA tests.”

The man then tries to speak over the op­er­a­tor to which she re­sponds: “Sir, lis­ten to me, lis­ten to me, this is an emer­gency line, we don’t deal with do­mes­tic cases and we don’t do DNA tests so I sug­gest you speak to some­body else.”

The record­ing was posted to so­cial media by the am­bu­lance ser­vice.

“We re­ceived al­most 6,000 999 calls on New Year’s Day (that’s 33% more than usual),” the North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice wrote on Face­book. “Need­less to say, we didn’t send this man an am­bu­lance but when we re­ceive calls for any­thing other than a se­ri­ous emer­gency, it wastes our pre­cious time and re­sources.”

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