AMBULANCE bosses are urging people to make use of the alternatives to calling 999 when they are not facing a life-threatening or serious emergency.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is sending out a powerful message.

You can support the ambulance service and the wider NHS by making use of a wide range of services including NHS 111 both by phone and at online at or by speaking to a GP or a pharmacist.

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