Take care, urges ambulance service as heavy snow forecast

YORKSHIRE’S Ambulance bosses are urging people to only call 999 in genuine emergencies during the current cold snap.

Heavy snow is forecast for the region later today.

David Williams, Deputy Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "As snow and ice traditionally results in an increase in 999 calls, particularly for weather-related incidents such as road traffic collisions, falls and breathing difficulties, we ask that people only call 999 in a life-threatening situation to help us concentrate our resources on those who need us most.

"We have the situation under constant review will be making every effort to get to patients as quickly, and as safely, as possible despite any difficult conditions we encounter.”

For advice and treatment for non-emergencies, people should consider options such as a visit to a local pharmacist or GP surgery, a call to NHS Direct or a visit to a walk-in centre.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning of severe weather for Yorkshire and Humberside with heavy snow expected later today.