Am­bu­lance re­sponses im­prove

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Am­bu­lance re­sponse times in Be­nalla have sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved dur­ing the past 12 months, with 66.5 per cent now ar­riv­ing within 15 min­utes for Code One emer­gen­cies, up from 57 per cent.

This means the av­er­age time for an am­bu­lance to reach the scene of a Code One emer­gency in Be­nalla has im­proved from 17:02 min­utes to 13:55.

Re­sponse times have im­proved across the state and more elec­tive surg­eries are be­ing done on time than ever be­fore, thanks to record in­vest­ment by the state gov­ern­ment.

State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes was in Be­nalla on Thurs­day to dis­cuss the re­lease of the Vic­to­rian Health Ser­vices and Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria Per­for­mance Data.

‘‘These strong re­sults from our hos­pi­tals and am­bu­lance ser­vice are more than just num­bers — they rep­re­sent more lives saved and peo­ple get­ting the care they need faster,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘Vic­to­ri­ans de­serve noth­ing less than a health sys­tem that they and their loved ones can rely on when they need it and that’s what we’re de­liv­er­ing.’’

The fig­ures re­leased high­light that am­bu­lances and hos­pi­tals have kept up with de­mand de­spite en­dur­ing Aus­tralia’s worst flu sea­son. The lat­est data finds that statewide:

● 81.4 per cent of Code One am­bu­lances are ar­riv­ing within 15 min­utes of call-out, com­pared with 76 per cent a year ear­lier;

● am­bu­lances are get­ting to life-threat­en­ing emer­gen­cies more than a minute-anda-quar­ter faster com­pared to last year’s re­sult — at an av­er­age of 11 min­utes 42 sec­onds;

● 47 911 elec­tive surg­eries were per­formed in the past quar­ter; and

● 473 441 pa­tients were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal — the high­est num­ber ever recorded — ex­ceed­ing ad­mis­sions at the same time a year ago, when hos­pi­tals were hit hard by Vic­to­ria’s thun­der­storm asthma event.

La­bor says these fig­ures are the re­sults of record fund­ing boosts and ma­jor health re­forms.

Health and Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jill Hen­nessy said La­bor’s re­forms en­sured am­bu­lances were able to fo­cus on pri­ori­tis­ing the Code One call­outs and get the most ill and in­jured pa­tients to hos­pi­tal more quickly.

‘‘Un­der the Lib­er­als, am­bu­lance re­sponse times blew out to the worst on the Aus­tralian main­land and if ever given the chance they would once again cut health ser­vices and un­der­mine our paramedics,’’ she said.

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