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Smog Creates Unrest In London!

Smog Creates Unrest In London

The 999 number in London, for ambulance services, has seen a sudden surge in the number of calls. People have been calling in with respiratory difficulties like asthma and even cardiovascular problems.

Smog Creates Unrest In London

As per the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the capital is currently experiencing extremely high levels of pollution along with the rest of the South East. In fact, the figures seem to be the highest ever recorded by DEFRA.

The London Ambulance Service [LAS] stated that it recorded an increase of approximately 14% in their emergency calls from patients with respiratory problems. That translates to approximately 225 calls on average.

Deputy medical director Fenella Wrigley said: “More people are calling us with breathing difficulties, asthma and heart problems.” She went on to say that people who were younger and healthier were less likely to suffer from any short term problems. But she did assert that if anyone had sore eyes, a tickly cough or a dry throat should see their pharmacist or GP if symptoms persist.

“People with asthma may also find that they need to use their inhaler more frequently and I would advise them to have their inhaler with them,” she added. “This is a busy time for us and I would urge Londoners to use us only in an emergency, and anyone with a minor condition should call NHS 111 or seek advice from their pharmacist or GP.”

In a poll conducted for Asthma UK, on around 532 asthmatics, it was found that thirty percent of them suffered an attack as a direct result of the increased pollution levels. Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK, said: “We know from previous research that two thirds of people with asthma find that air pollution makes their asthma worse. This new data demonstrates that the current high levels of air pollution are having a significant impact on the health and quality of life of people with asthma and that they need to take urgent action to stay safe.”

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