Research Article

Is the emergency ambulance service abused?

Br Med J 1980; 281 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.281.6233.121 (Published 12 July 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;281:121
  1. D L Morris,
  2. A B Cross

    Abstract

    Analysis of 1000 consecutive patients brought to the accident and emergency department of a busy district general hospital by ambulance after emergency "999" telephone calls showed that 51.7% of these journeys were unnecessary. Medical cases accounted for a greater percentage of necessary calls than did trauma and surgical cases. Medical education of the public is essential if the number of these calls is to be cut.