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South East Coast Ambulance urges rethink over dialing 999

By KentOnline reporter

Kent's ambulance service has today issued a warning urging people to "considering all alternatives to dialing 999."

South East Coast Ambulance said in a tweet it is experiencing very high levels of demand and can only attend the most seriously ill.

The tweet says: "We are experiencing very high levels of demand again today and we are currently only able to send a response to the most seriously-ill or life-threatened patients.

South East Coast Ambulance Service control worker

"Please help us help those who need us most by considering all alternatives to dialing 999."

Those seeking medical help for non life-threatening illnesses, even when the service isn't under high levels of pressure, should consider alternatives a spokesman said a second tweet.

"Please remember - always, but especially while we're facing this increase in demand, the alternatives to 999 when it's not life-threatening or serious, include calling 111 or speaking to a pharmacist," it says.

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