Table 3

Reasons for making general practitioner (GP) first medical contact for those who called GP first

Reasons All cases (n=171) PMH of
MI ± angina (n=30)
PMH of angina alone (n=30) No cardiac history (n=111)
Not important enough for 9996181043
Miscellaneous579840
Should always call GP first5671038
Thought GP would solve problem395727
Never thought of 999356426
Didn't want to call 999 unnecessarily215420
Always call my GP217410
Didn't know what else to do7115
Friend/relative told me to6114
Public cannot call ambulance4022
GP told me to1010
  • Columns greater than 100%, as more than one reason could be given per person.