The ambulance service is reminding people across the South West to use 999 responsibly this Easter weekend.

In the lead up to Easter Weekend, the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is promoting their Choose Well campaign, reminding people to only dial 999 in the case of life-threatening emergencies.

Such emergencies include cardiac arrest, loss of consciousness, fits that aren’t stopping, chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding, severe allergic reactions, suspected stroke, and serious head injuries.

Wayne Darch, deputy director of operations at SWASFT, said: “To ensure that we can be there for everyone that needs us in a medical emergency, we’re asking you to help us to help you, by choosing the right care for you.

“Please only call 999 in a life-threatening emergency, this will ensure we have crews available for patients with the most life-threatening conditions.

“I would also like to thank our people and NHS colleagues who will be working over the Easter weekend to help keep us all safe and well. Should you need their support, please be kind to them, they are working hard under huge pressures currently.”

SWASFT suggest self-care methods for grazed knees, coughs, and colds and to visit your local pharmacy for headaches, upset stomachs, aches and pains.

People are also advised to visit or call the 24 hours NHS 111 for non-life-threatening medical advice or help.  For non-life-threatening conditions such as sprains, fractures and burns, the service advise attending local minor injuries unit.

Further advice can be found on the ambulance service website: