What is an Emergency?
People often have difficulty deciding whether a medical problem is serious in nature. The following are a few examples of when you require emergency medical care and 911 should be called immediately:
- Experiencing pains or tightness in the chest
- When you have severe pain
- When you have shortness of breath
- When a person is choking or having difficulty breathing
- When you think you may have fractured or broken a bone
- When you think a wound may require stitches
- When you have sudden, severe headaches, vision problems, sudden weakness, numbness and/or tingling in the face, arm or leg, trouble speaking or dizziness
What happens when you call 911?
When you call 911, your call is answered at one of the provincial 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP). If you require an ambulance, your call will be transferred to our Medical Communications Management Centre in Moncton (MCMC). The Communications Centre operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A call taker at MCMC will answer your call and an Emergency Medical Dispatcher will direct an ambulance to wherever you may be in the province.