EAST Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is urging people to only call 999 in a genuine emergency as their busiest time of year approaches which leads to a strain on resources.
Last year EMAS responded to 723,519 emergency 999 calls. Of those, 205,248 were for life threatening conditions.
Director of Operations, Peter Ripley, said: “Genuine life threatening calls only make up around 28 per cent of our work and we need the public to help us concentrate on and have the resources available to respond to real emergencies.
“Be a life saver not a time waster - if you become unwell, stop to consider which NHS service you should use.
“You can log onto www.nhs.uk or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for advice if you feel unwell, you are unsure of your condition, are confused or need help.”