High pollution levels expected to fall in London

High pollution levels in London are expected to fall. The capital has been blighted by increased levels this week with London Ambulance Service reporting a 14 per cent increase in emergency calls for people experiencing breathing problems.

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Ambulance service report 14% rise in breathing call outs

London Ambulance Service has seen a rise in the number of people calling 999 for help with breathing difficulties as the capital continues to face "very high" pollution levels.

The service reported a 14 per cent rise in emergency calls for patients with breathing problems yesterday with an average of 200 increasing to 227 calls.

A barely-visible Shard is seen from Archway Bridge this morning. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

"More people are calling us with breathing difficulties, asthma and heart problems," Deputy medical director Fenella Wrigley said.

Ms Wrigley urged people with asthma to ensure they had their inhalers with them as they may need to use it more frequently in the current conditions.

"This is a busy time for us and I would urge Londoners to use us only in an emergency, and anyone with a minor condition should call NHS 111 or seek advice from their pharmacist or GP," she added.

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