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FRUSTRATED ambulance officials have blasted people for clogging up emergency response services ‘because they have things to do and can’t wait around’ for treatment elsewhere.

In a firmly-worded tweet, South Central Ambulance Service(Scas) warned people only to call 999 and visit accident and emergency departments when they really have to.

The service's plea comes as winter demand increased at Queen Alexandra Hospital, putting more strain on services and bed spaces.

Patients have been forced to sleep on the floor in wards throughout the country.

In Portsmouth, QA bosses were forced to plea for additional staff to man shifts over the New Year to cope.

In an interview with The News last week, QA’s chief executive Mark Cubbon warned things were only going to get harder.

But he said: ‘It is quite possible the pressures will continue for some time.

People are being urged to contact the NHS 111 service and minor injuries units for treating minor injuries.

Pharmacies nearby can provide support on a variety of illnesses.

A&E departments should be only be used for life threatening emergencies, serious head injuries and severe illnesses.


Portsmouth Evening News


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