NSW Ambulance would like to warn people in the Young area that someone has been making hoax telephone calls to families in the region advising that a family member has been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, and that they should go to the local hospital emergency department.
This has not only been very distressing and traumatising for the families involved in these hoaxes, but also to the local NSW Ambulance paramedic whose name has been used in these calls.
The public should be wary of any calls received from anyone who says they are a paramedic.
It is not the job of paramedics to notify families of accidents, this role is carried out by the NSW Police.
The responsibility of NSW Ambulance paramedics is to provide emergency medical care to the patient and transport patients to hospital, where necessary.
NSW Police are investigating these incidents and anyone with any information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.