Ambulance Service snow advice for Somerset residents
Motorists have been warned to only make essential journeys in severe weather conditions as the region prepares for snow.
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has urged members of the public to take care when walking outside on icy surfaces, which might prevent incidents this winter.
Not all the calls made to the trust require an ambulance to attend so the trust has issue advice to help people choose the right service.
The 999 ambulance service should only be used for emergency situations. Examples of these include choking, chest pain, stroke, serious blood loss and unconsciousness.
Using the ambulance service only to tend the critically ill and injured helps ensure a quick response to those in genuine need.
There are a wide variety of healthcare services available for a range of conditions so people are reminded of the importance of choosing well, especially during periods when demand for the ambulance service is expected to be high.
Alternative healthcare options for less serious conditions include visiting a minor injury unit (MIU) or NHS walk-in centre, making an appointment to see your GP - or an out of hours GP for more serious conditions when surgeries are not open, as well as visiting your local pharmacist for advice, or calling NHS Direct on 0845 4647.
If you are unsure which healthcare service best suits your condition visit the NHS Direct website at http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk.