About 25 per cent of calls to St John are not emergencies. The public is being urged to not use ambulances as surrogate GPs, as non-emergency requests stretch St John staff. Calls to St John on flu-like symptoms usually triple in July and August. St John needed to ensure it was responding to cases on merit. St John had responded to about 15,000 calls in Manawatū in the past year.
Source: Stuff May 22, 2020 01:41 UTC