SOME of the unecessary 999 calls made to Yorkshire Ambulance Service included patients with:
• Broken finger nails,
• stubbed toes,
• ear pains,
• contact lens problems, and,
• questions about where to collect
Not sure who can help? Here is some advice from NHS Kirklees.
A lot of illnesses can be treated at home but it’s important to keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet and make sure all medication is in date.
For most minor illnesses, such as colds, coughs and diarrhoea, the following options are available to you:
• NHS Direct – 0845 46 47
• Local pharmacy
• GP or health centre
For more serious illnesses and complaints, the following services should be considered:
• NHS walk-in centre
• West Yorkshire Urgent Care
Service – 0345 605 9999
For critical and life-threatening illnesses and injuries, such as heart attacks, strokes and fractures:
• Emergency services – 999
• Accident and emergency unit at
Dewsbury and District Hospital
Visit www.kirklees.nhs.uk for more.