Bizarre 999 calls could cost lives
NEAS issue warning during busiest time of the year.
A man who had glued five plastic cups to his head was among the
more bizarre requests for an ambulance over the last 12-months in
the North East.
A woman also called 999 because she had the hiccups, while a pet
owner dialled 999 because their rabbit had a sore leg.
Another caller requested help because a contact lense had got
stuck on their eye.
NEAS is reminding the public at this busy time of year that the
999 service is for genuine emergencies, where life may be in
A NEAS spokeswoman said: "All 999 calls are treated as an
emergency, That means a call taker has to go through a series of
questions to establish the facts of an incident.
"Handling requests which are clearly not an emergency
means a call handler is tied up, when they could be
despatching an ambulance to someone genuinely in need."