How to get emergency first aid in the summer

PUBLISHED: 13:32 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

WITH visitor numbers hugely increasing the population each summer, the ambulance service has reiterated how people can get the best treatment quickly.

WITH visitor numbers hugely increasing the population each summer, the ambulance service has reiterated how people can get the best treatment quickly.For life threatening or potentially serious conditions, especially those where time is critical, such as heart problems, simply dial 999.Patients can also call the 24-hour health advice line NHS Direct on 0845 4647, visit the nearest accident and emergency department of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital or alternatively head to a minor injuries unit.South West Ambulance Service Trust chief executive Ken Wenman said: "Understandably, many people panic and call 999, often apologising because they did not know who else to contact."GP and urgent care services can be accessed out-of-hours and it is vital to issue these important details and produce health information leaflets for members of the public to explain the variety of health services available.Public information leaflets about accessing healthcare services are available to download from www.swast.nhsuk or by calling (01392) 261586.

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