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Save lives. Save 000 for emergencies

Article Category  Dimboola Courier > Community Interest
Date Published  Friday, February 9 2018
Author  Ambulance Victoria

Save lives. Save 000 for emergencies
Ambulance Victoria are rolling out the message on all of their ambulances to save Triple Zero (000) for emergencies, and residents are encouraged to have a talk to their local paramedic about what to call Triple Zero for and what other health services available.

When an ambulance is called to a non-emergency, it puts the lives of people in a life threatening emergency at risk.

We want Victorians to have confidence that in an emergency they will get the care they need, when they need it. That is why we all should save triple zero calls and ambulances for emergencies… because there are alternatives.

If you feel unwell or have a minor injury, there is your local GP. You can see a pharmacist for questions on general health or you can always ring Nurse-on-call for immediate and expert advice, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

So to help save lives, save triple zero for emergencies.

If you feel unwell or have a minor injury, there is your local GP. You can see a pharmacist for questions on general health or you can always ring Nurse-on-call for immediate and expert advice, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

So to help save lives, save triple zero for emergencies.

What is an emergency?

In a medical emergency, calling for an ambulance could mean the difference between life and death. However, people sometimes hesitate to call because they are not sure if the situation qualifies as an emergency. If in doubt, always call triple zero (000). The people who take your call are trained to help you and will direct you to the appropriate resources.

An immediate life-threatening emergency needing an ambulance may include:

  • chest pain or chest tightness
  • sudden numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg
  • large burns
  • serious accidents or trauma
  • severe bleeding
  • difficulty breathing
  • extreme pain
  • unconsciousness

In a non-emergency who should you contact?

There are a number of options available including your GP or Pharmacy and Nurse-On-Call.

A general practitioner (GP) is a doctor who is qualified in general medical practice. They treat a wide range of medical conditions and health issues. Use our search service to find a GP near you.

Some medical clinics stay open in the evenings and on weekends, which can be a good option for people who need to see a doctor after hours for non-emergency medical treatment.

If your regular GP does not provide after-hours care, you may be able to book an after-hours doctor to visit you at home between 6.00 pm and early morning.

Find out more about the Save 000 campaign here.

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