Toothaches, stubbed toes and even HICCUPS: The most ridiculous reasons Australians call 000 – and it can have deadly consequences
- Emergency services have pleaded with the public to leave 000 for emergencies
- It comes as some of the most ridiculous ’emergency’ calls have been revealed
- Headaches, constipation, toothaches and hiccups were among the worst
- Emergency service phone lines have been getting clogged with non-urgent calls
Constipation, hiccups and toothaches are some of the most outlandish reasons why Australians call 000, it has been revealed.
Ambulance and police services have asked the public to save the 000 emergency line for genuine emergencies only, revealing they are often plagued with unnecessary calls.
In the last year, New South Wales Ambulance received 1,036 emergency calls with complaints of constipation.
Another 662 calls were made for toothaches, 215 for earaches while 157 couldn’t sleep and 16 called because they had the hiccups, 9 News reported.
NSW Ambulance assistant commissioner Steven Norris pleaded with the public to only use the emergency line when absolutely necessary.
Some of the most ridiculous emergency calls have been revealed with NSW Ambulances receiving 16 complaints about hiccups in the last 12 months
‘Let’s save 000 for saving lives and preserve our control centre staff, paramedics and police for what they do best,’ he said.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Rashelle Conroy also asked the public only to call the emergency line if it was a genuine emergency.
‘We ask that if your phone call is not in relation to an emergency that you stop and consider before you dial,’ she said.
In the last 12 months alone, the NSW Police emergency line has also been clogged up by unnecessary calls, with 150,000 calls being deemed non-urgent.
Emergency services have asked the public only to call in an urgent emergency – with 150,000 unnecessary calls in NSW in the last 12 months alone
Lara, an ambulance control centre worker, said she had someone calling for a stubbed toe while there was a nearby cardiac arrest.
‘I took a call while somebody had stubbed their toe and they were complaining about how long the ambulance took, but around the corner there was a cardiac arrest,’ she said.
In non-life threatening medical emergencies people are being urged to call their general practitioner or the health direct number rather than the emergency line.
Police assistant line: 131 444
Healthdirect Australia: 1800 022 222
NSW Police have received over 150,000 non-urgent ’emergency’ calls in the last 12 months