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Ambulance service warns of response delays

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The Ambulance Service (NIAS) has warned that a sustained spell of increased demand has led to a delay in the response to many calls.

A statement from the service said it would continue to prioritise the most serious calls "to get a response to the sickest patients as soon as possible".

"However, calls for less serious emergencies are still currently subject to significant delays," it read.

The NIAS has asked the public only to call 999 in the event of a "serious medical emergency" and to contact your GP or nearest out-of-hours service in the first instance.

"Please consider alternative transport to an Emergency Department or Minor Injury Unit for lesser injuries and complaints," the statement read.

It continued, "We would take this opportunity to remind the public that arrival at an Emergency Department by Ambulance does not mean you will be seen or treated more quickly than self-presentation".

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