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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Scotland : 30,000 calls in 72 hours for NHS helpline

Via The Herald :

" Scots are being urged to be prepared to cope with winter illness as the NHS 24 helpline is being inundated with up to 40 calls a minute from the public.

The service expects to receive up to 130,000 inquiries over the festive break after receiving almost 30,000 calls over just three days during the Christmas period.

Older people and those at risk, such as people with chronic chest or heart problems, are being asked to make sure they get the flu jab.

At its peak, calls are coming at the rate of 40 a minute, and it is estimated there could be more than 40,000 over Hogmanay and into New Year’s Day."

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