New ambulance coming
A second ambulance will be operating in eastern Kings County by the fall.
Pressed by Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie in the P.E.I. legislature Friday, Health Minister Doug Currie said it was coming and that it would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It will be a new ambulance and won’t simply be transferred from one area of the province to eastern P.E.I.
It will cost government $800,000 in the current fiscal year.
“That vehicle has been ordered and will be in operation by the fall,’’ Currie told The Guardian following question period.
Currie added that the department will also be implementing a new computer system to evaluate response times in the east for ambulances so they can get a better handle on where the pressures and demands are.
Since 2007, there has been an increase of approximately 7,000 calls per year and a jump of about 400 out-of-province exchanges.
“We have recognized in the past that some of the response times have been a little longer than in some areas of the province. The whole objective is to keep emergency response times under a level we can provide the best care and best access that we can.’’