Man unable to pee after having 3 beers, and other weird 995 calls received by SCDF

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Home Affairs, Mr Amrin Amin, shared a list of weird 995 calls received by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in a Facebook post on Oct 13, in a bid to urge members of the public to be more responsible when calling the hotline.

The list included a caller requesting for an ambulance after he found that he could not urinate after having three beers, a caller who woke up with a headache, a caller who had a toothache, a caller with sore eyes and a caller who needed to go to the hospital for a blood test.

"I asked SCDF for a list of weird calls they received on 995," said Mr Amrin.

"They gave me that.

"When an ambulance attends to a non-emergency case, someone with a severe condition, such as cardiac arrest, could be deprived of much-needed medical help.

"995 is for serious, life-threatening emergencies.

"A minute can make a difference between life and death."

He explained that for non-emergency cases, members of the public should instead request for a non-emergency ambulance.

"For non-emergencies, go to a clinic or contact 1-777 for a non-emergency ambulance," he added.

He advised members of the public to be responsible when calling 995: "It could be you needing that 995 ambulance, so spread this message.

"Be responsible!"

The Facebook post has since garnered more than 900 likes and 50 comments on Oct 15.

Other Facebook users also shared more examples of weird calls from their own personal experiences.