Patients who dial 999 are being assessed over Skype instead of being sent an ambulance, it has emerged.

Trials have been rolled throughout England to assess if video consultations on smartphone apps could be an effective substitute for ambulances for thousands of calls as 'lower priority' They are being tested on patients whose conditions aren't categorised as immediately life-threatening, such as back pain, abdominal pain, falls or heavy bleeding.

Details of the Skype and FaceTime trials were revealed by former South Central Ambulance Service emergency call handler Karen Frederick, who says patients are being failed because the service is so overwhelmed.

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