YORKSHIRE Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) is encouraging everyone to make the right choice for medical treatment over the early May bank holiday weekend.

The service is expecting to see an increase in demand, particularly with around two million people predicted to turn out and watch the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.

Yorkshire Ambulance are reminding residents to only dial 999 in the event of a serious or life-threatening emergency.

For other illnesses and injuries, consider other more appropriate healthcare services such as self-care or your local pharmacist or walk-in centre. The NHS 111 service can also provide advice and support 24/7.

Stephen Segasby, Deputy Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Bank holiday weekends often result in more demand for ambulances, so using the service appropriately will help us make sure our patients get the right response first time."