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article imageMan rings 999 service to inform them he's out of toilet paper

By Christopher Bates     Dec 24, 2011 in Odd News
In an attempt to make people aware of the indirect dangers that can result from prank calls to emergency services, the bosses of the South Western Ambulance Service have released a prank call from a man who informed them he was out of toilet paper.
According to BBC News, a spokesman said that the South Western Ambulance Service – which provides emergency transports services for Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset and part of Somerset – said that all 999 calls are treated as potentially life-threatening.
He said: "Our call takers go through the process with callers and that will take time and they could be missing a call that's a genuine emergency."
As reported by the Plymouth Herald, the service has seen a large increase in the number of 999 calls, although they don't all warrant an ambulance response.
"Ambulance crews are working hard to continue delivering the right care, in the right place at the right time," said Dr Andy Smith, the trust's medical director.
He added: "This is a particularly busy time for the Trust and the festive season always brings extra demands, particularly on our clinicians and call handlers. There are many ways that people can ease pressure such as by protecting their own safety and that of others.
"There are a wide variety of healthcare services available for a range of conditions and it is important that people choose well, especially during periods when demand for the service is extremely high."
A London-based emergency service call operator was also recently on the end of a prank call. The caller rang to say "I love you," the Metropolitan Police said.
The same 999 line received approximately 3,650 calls last Christmas Day, of which 274 (7.5%) were nuisance and/or abandoned, BBC News reports.
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