The family that called for an ambulance 2,007 times in ONE YEAR
Ambulances were called from the same house more than 2,000 times in one year as stretched 999 services are being bombarded by time-wasters and lives put at risk.
In a number of cases less than one percent of calls have resulted in someone needing to be taken to hospital by ambulance.
Health bosses have warned ‘frequent callers’ are costing the NHS around £20 million a year and risk placing the lives of genuine callers in danger.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal one property in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, was the source of 2,077 emergency calls in the last year.
But just five calls from the property in this period resulted in someone being taken to hospital.
The site was one of nine homes where an ambulance has been called more than 500 times in the last 12 months, leaving services that are already stretched under incredible pressure.
In Portsmouth – the area with the next highest number of repeat callers – ambulances were called from one home 1,714 times – but a patient needed to be taken to hospital just once.