Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Help! I'm in a Nightclub and I've Broken a Fingernail! ... and Other Timewasters' 999 Calls

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Help! I'm in a Nightclub and I've Broken a Fingernail! ... and Other Timewasters' 999 Calls

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Byline: By Alex Delaney

When one reveller broke her nail in a nightclub and bent it so far back it came off, she phoned 999.

Another person rang hoping for a lift home after discovering they had no money left for a taxi.

These are just some of the unnecessary calls taken by the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

And they are urging people to think twice before calling 999 over the festive period.

During the Christmas and the New Year festivities, the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) typically sees a steep increase in the number of calls it receives; but not all of them are for emergencies.

Last December, NEAS saw a 15% increase in 999 calls during Christmas to 22,166 calls compared with 18,792 calls the previous month.

Control room manager Graham Robinson said: "We certainly don't want to deter anyone from calling 999 for life-threatening situations, but we want the public to think before calling for an ambulance."

Here are some examples of the calls received by the NEAS that did not require an ambulance:

On Tuesday night the NEAS received a call from a woman who wanted help getting her drunk boyfriend up the stairs and a man who wanted his takeaway collected for him. …

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