Region falls below ambulance target times
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.”