Ambulance service bosses reveal bizarre list of time-wasting calls

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Help! I need an ambulance. My pet goldfish is having breathing difficulties.

This is just one of many ridiculous calls received by under-pressure ambulance service staff, who have this week hit out at time-wasting residents.

East Midlands Ambulance Service has revealed examples of inappropriate calls in a bid to reduce the number they get.

They include:

a man high on drugs convinced he had been bitten by a snake while watching a wildlife programme

a parent of a child hit in the face by a snowball

a person shocked by the price of his gas bill.

Assistant operation director Richard Clayton has labeled the calls ‘disgraceful’ and has urged people to think twice before dialling 999.