Re­gion falls be­low am­bu­lance tar­get times

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MORE than three in 10 life or death am­bu­lance calls in the South Cen­tral re­gion took longer than eight min­utes to ar­rive in De­cem­ber.

The fig­ures, which are pub­lished by the NHS, show the re­sponse times for the ser­vice which cov­ers Buck­ing­hamshire.

They show that of the ‘Cat­e­gory A red one’ calls, the high­est pri­or­ity blue light calls re­sult­ing in an emer­gency re­sponse, the pro­por­tion ar­riv­ing min­utes cent.

For ‘Cat­e­gory A red two’ calls, slightly lower pri­or­ity but still emer­gency blue light calls, 70.1 per cent ar­rived within eight min­utes in De­cem­ber.

The tar­get is for 75 per cent of th­ese calls to be re­sponded to within eight min­utes.

A South Cen­tral Am­bu­lances spokesman said: “South Cen­tral within eight was 69.9 per Am­bu­lance Ser­vice NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (SCAS) has faced sig­nif­i­cant de­mand pres­sures through­out the win­ter pe­riod, like many emer­gency and health care ser­vices.

“Win­ter can ad­versely im­pact over­all de­mand on emer­gency and health­care ser­vices with harsher weather ex­ac­er­bat­ing pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions and af­fect­ing those who are more at risk, in­clud­ing the young, the el­derly vul­ner­a­ble.

“Emer­gency de­mand in­creased on SCAS by 7.5 per cent in De­cem­ber 2014 com­pared to De­cem­ber 2013.

“While we ap­pre­ci­ate we have not been able to meet our na­tion­ally recog­nised per­for­mance stan­dards, we are re­ally pleased to say that we have achieved 70.1 per cent for red two, com­pared to a na­tional av­er­age of 61.1 per cent.”



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