Wedding Ring 999
January 8, 2012 by staff
Wedding Ring 999, Ambulance staff were called by a man who wanted help getting his wedding ring off his finger – so he could throw it at his wife during a row.
Paramedics also took 999 calls asking for lifts home, because of a popped spot, help changing a light bulb and assistance finding a lost TV remote. One crew arrived at the home of a patient in their 60s, only to be asked to fetch a pack of cigarettes.
Portsmouth-based paramedic Graham Collins, 53, said: “People don’t have much self reliance – they think they can call 999 for whatever reason.” South Central Ambulance Service, who logged 1,235 hoax calls between January and October last year, have now launched a film encouraging people to think before calling for emergency help.
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