When should I call 999?
Call 999 if you have:
- signs of a heart attack – pain like a very tight band, heavy weight or squeezing in the centre of your chest
- signs of a stroke – face drooping on one side, can’t hold both arms up, difficulty speaking
- severe difficulty breathing – gasping, not being able to get words out, choking or lips turning blue
- heavy bleeding – that won’t stop
- severe injuries – or deep cuts after a serious accident
- seizure (fit) – someone is shaking or jerking because of a fit, or is unconscious (can’t be woken up)
- sudden, rapid swelling – of the eyes, lips, mouth, throat or tongue
In these instances, it is important you call 999 and not your surgery.