02:52AM, Saturday 19 January 2013
The ambulance service is urging people to stay at home because of the hazardous conditions on the roads and pavements.
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation trust (SCAS) is advising people not to go out unless their journey's are 'absolutely necessary'.
They say people who do venture out should be extra cautious and all their available qualified clinical staff are out on the road responding to emergency calls.
The service is using 4x4’s to get to patients in the most hard to reach areas and says it expects to see an 'increased demand' on its services due to the adverse weather conditions.
They also say it may take them longer to get to some locations due to the poor driving conditions caused by the big freeze.
Service chiefs also advise people to only call for an ambulance on 999 if it is 'absolutely necessary' and people with minor illnesses or injury should consider calling their GP practice, on 111 in appropriate areas or NHS Direct on 0845 4647.
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