East Midlands Ambulance Service has revealed its worst examples of time-wasting patients as it is announced this week that pressure on the service leaves it in chronic debt.
Paramedics receive thousands of hoax calls each year in the East Midlands - cumulatively 29,874 from 2011-2015.
But this list revealed in a Freedom of Information request sent to the service in December includes 10 examples of genuine 999 call-outs which were deemed to be non-emergencies:
10. A broken toe nail
9. A moth was in a patient’s ear
8. There was a dead cat outside their house
7. Someone had dropped their keys down a drain
6. A hamster had bitten somebody’s finger
5. A broken finger nail, which had been swallowed and concern was raised as to whether the patient would choke
4. Woman late having a period
3. Milk had gone past its sell-by date
2. Patient wanting to be carried upstairs because their stair lift was broken
1. Popcorn being stuck in-between teeth
Source: EMAS Freedom of Information disclosure log (EMAS stressed it takes all call-outs seriously).