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Dorset Ambulance Crews Report Emergency Calls on the Rise


9:15am 25th March 2013

There's concern too many people are dialling 999 in non-emergencies in South Dorset.

South Western Ambulance has reported a 16% increase in calls for help.

Trust Officials say, Ambulance crews have been so busy in recent weeks it's been like New Year which is traditionally their busiest period.

Cold weather and people suffering with breathing difficulties are common call-outs. Paramedics say in most cases those incidents can been dealt with by Doctors or Pharmacists.

They're asking people to consider calling GP's or keeping over the counter medication at home instead of dialling 999, unless it's a serious emergency.

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