Wales' acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Chris Jones asserted that this year’s summer has seen a significant pressure on NHS, with increase in the demand of Welsh Ambulance Service and assistance at the A&E departments around the country.
However, Dr. Jones has warned that people are using the emergency services unnecessarily and also making calls to 999 without any reason. He brought to notice a case of a man, who called up the emergency number to actually get a lift from a pub in the city center.
The ambulance team was informed by the man that he is suffering from chronic stomach ache. He described his location to be at a pub in centre of Cardiff.
The crew took him to University Hospital of Wales’ A&E department, where he all of a sudden jumped and showed gratitude towards the paramedics for the lift and ran off.
There were more examples of such, including one in which a woman called the emergency number and informed that she had been bit by a hamster on her finger.
Dr Jones said, “The ambulance service and emergency departments across Wales are coming under sustained and unusual pressure as a result of calls like these. Even the NHS is under strain”.
NHS Wales had revealed these examples, so as to discourage others from doing such things.
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