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Tuesday 22nd July 2014, 09:41 London

Woman dials 999 for green potato

Bizarre query among the 31,000 non-urgent calls made to the Welsh Ambulance service in 2013/14

Woman dials 999 for green potato

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Are green potatoes poisonous? There's only one way to find out, it appears, and that's to drop everything, rush to the phone, and breathlessly and frantically dial 999.

Such a call was among more than 31,000 non-urgent calls made to the Welsh Ambulance service in 2013/14, only three of which resulted in hospital treatment.

Ambulance chiefs today revealed some of the sillier calls, including the green potato one, from a woman in Bangor, as they urged the public to think twice before calling.

Other daft calls included: A man who dialled 999 because he had a fly in his ear (Milford Haven); A man with a ring stuck on his finger (Burry Port); A mother whose daughter had drunk water from a dog bowl (Swansea); A woman who needed advice because she had fallen out with her brother (Hereford); And a man who had discovered a bruise on his foot (Tywyn)

Richard Lee, head of clinical services at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: "When people misuse the service it means our precious time is being taken away from someone who really does need our help."

The 31,219 calls to 999 classed as non-urgent accounted for 7.4 per cent of the total received by the Welsh Ambulance Service in 2013/14 of 423,729.

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