Am­bu­lance re­sponse time im­proves in Baw Baw

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

The av­er­age re­sponse time for an am­bu­lance to reach the scene of a Code One emer­gency in the Baw Baw Shire has im­proved from 18:06 min­utes to 15:31 min­utes.

Am­bu­lances are re­spond­ing faster to life threat­en­ing med­i­cal emer­gen­cies in Baw Baw Shire de­spite mas­sive de­mand from one of Vic­to­ria’s worst-ever flu sea­sons, with the best quar­ter one re­sponse time in eight years across Vic­to­ria.

Am­bu­lances across the state were get­ting to life threat­en­ing emer­gen­cies 35 sec­onds faster com­pared to last year, with 79.5 per cent of Code One call­outs ar­riv­ing within the tar­get 15 min­utes de­spite a hor­rific flu sea­son.

This means Code One am­bu­lances are now ar­riv­ing one minute and 34 sec­onds faster com­pared to this quar­ter three years ago, when re­sponse times un­der the Lib­er­als blew out to the worst Septem­ber quar­ter on record.

In the Baw Baw Shire, re­sponse times are im­prov­ing, with 58.3 per cent of am­bu­lances now ar­riv­ing within 15 min­utes for Code One emer­gen­cies, up from 52.9 per cent com­pared to the same time last year.

This year’s flu sea­son put sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure on our hos­pi­tals, with res­pi­ra­tory pre­sen­ta­tions to emer­gency de­part­ments al­most 20 per cent higher than for the same time last year.

A record 454,018 pa­tients at­tended Vic­to­rian hospi­tal emer­gency de­part­ments this quar­ter, putting un­prece­dented de­mand on emer­gency ser­vices with an in­crease of 32,486 pa­tients or 7.7 per cent com­pared to last year.

De­spite this in­tense pres­sure, data shows hos­pi­tals are work­ing more ef­fi­ciently, with the most ur­gent cases be­ing treated sooner.

Last quar­ter, the high­est per­cent­age of pa­tients across all cat­e­gories re­ceived their surg­eries within bench­marks for time­li­ness for a first quar­ter. This meant me­dian wait times for cat­e­gory three pa­tients re­duced by more than six weeks since the same time four years ago.

Lo­cally, West Gipp­s­land Health­care War­ragul has:

Seen 5965 peo­ple in emer­gency be­tween July and Septem­ber 2017 com­pared to 5372 in the same pe­riod in 2016.

Treated 100 per cent of the 11 cat­e­gory one emer­gency pa­tients im­me­di­ately on ar­rival be­tween July and Septem­ber 2017.

Re­ceived 1146 am­bu­lance ar­rivals in the Septem­ber quar­ter com­pared to 962 for the same pe­riod in 2016.

Pro­vided op­er­a­tions for 95.7 per cent of all elec­tive surgery pa­tients within the bench­mark times in the Septem­ber quar­ter, com­pared to 82.8 per cent for the same pe­riod in 2016.

Mem­ber for East­ern Vic­to­ria Har­riet Shing said re­forms and in­vest­ment meant am­bu­lance re­sponse times im­proved de­spite big in­creases to call-outs in Baw Baw Shire.

A ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning per­mit is be­ing sought to breed dogs and ken­nel them on a prop­erty at Yar­ragon South.

The ap­pli­cants N and A. Klei­itz state in their ap­pli­ca­tion to Baw Baw Shire that they have owned and lived on the prop­erty on Earls Rd since 1989 and Mrs Kleititz has bred King Charles spaniels there for much of that time.

The ap­pli­ca­tion states the dog breed­ing is not a com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion but a hobby for Mrs Kleini­tiz who ex­hibits the an­i­mals at shows through­out Aus­tralia.

A per­mit is re­quired un­der the shire’s plan­ning scheme if more than five an­i­mals are kept on the prop­erty.

The pro­posal is for a max­i­mum of 20 dogs to be kept there in al­ready es­tab­lished ken­nels and en­clo­sures.

The ap­pli­ca­tion stresses the op­er­a­tion is not a puppy farm or com­mer­cial breed­ing es­tab­lish­ment and that dogs that aren’t kept by the own­ers are sold at eight weeks of age or de­sexed and sold at six months.

It also says the ken­nels have been in use for many years with­out im­pact­ing neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties and is a per­mit­ted land use in the ru­ral area.

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