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Emergency services in Notts are urging people in the borough with a disability or long-term illness to sign up to a new scheme that will make sure they get the help they need more quickly when calling 999.

Nottinghamshire Police, Fire and Rescue and East Midlands Ambulance Service have got together to create Pegasus – a database which means they don’t have to ask for your name, address and number when you contact them in an emergency.

The idea for the database scheme was thought up by Chris Channon MBE, a Nottingham man who had experienced difficulty when calling the police due to his speech impairment.

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A spokesman for the scheme said: “Registering with Pegasus means emergency services can access details quickly, without having to ask for your name, address and phone number so you can immediately discuss why you are contacting a particular  emergency service.

He added: “This service is not for everyone. Pegasus is primarily for individuals who have a disability, illness or vulnerability.”

Further information can be obtained via www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/pegasus or email pegasus@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

*In the original published on Gedling Eye on August 13 no acknowledgement was made to Chris Channon MBE being creator of  the Pegasus database. We have now added this information to the original article.

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