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Outrage at fake emergency call

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK woman who dialled 999 only to ask the attending ambulance crew if they would take her daughter's urine sample to the hospital was today branded as "outrageous".

A SUFFOLK woman who dialled 999 only to ask the attending ambulance crew if they would take her daughter's urine sample to the hospital was today branded as "outrageous".

The Lowestoft woman called for an ambulance on Christmas Eve claiming she had abdominal pains but when emergency services arrived it became clear that she in fact wanted to use them as a courier service. The crew refused.

East Anglian Ambulance Trust spokesman Matthew Ware said: "Christmas Eve is one of our busiest times of the year and to use us as a urine sample delivery service is outrageous."

Earlier this month there were reports in the national and regional press about the misuse of the ambulance service. In one incident an ambulance was called because somebody had forgotten their mobile phone number. "You have to wonder when people will ever listen," added Mr Ware.


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