Pa­tients fac­ing longer wait for am­bu­lances in Hilling­don area

More than 11 min­utes longer to ar­rive

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel­tel@trin­i­tymir­

WHERE you live in west Lon­don could mean you have to wait much longer for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive.

Peo­ple liv­ing in the bor­ough of Hilling­don in the UB9 post­code area recorded the slow­est me­dian re­sponse time of any area in west Lon­don.

Res­i­dents of the post­code which cov­ers Hare­field near Uxbridge also had the sec­ond slow­est re­sponse time for life-threat­en­ing Red calls in Lon­don Jan­uary 2016.

For at least half of the call outs it took 11 min­utes and 44 sec­onds or longer to ar­rive, ac­cord­ing to a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest to the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (LAS).

Fol­low­ing, those liv­ing in HA6 in North­wood ex­pe­ri­enced a re­sponse time of Red calls in Jan­uary, at nine min­utes and 50 sec­onds.

In the first month of this year, LAS re­sponded to 67.3% of Red 1 calls, the most crit­i­cal pa­tients, within eight min­utes or less, and 60.9% of Red 2 calls, se­ri­ous but less crit­i­cal.

HA1 in Har­row recorded the fastest me­dian re­sponse time for Red calls, with half of the 235 calls to the post­code tak­ing four min­utes and 50 sec­onds or less.

Across Eng­land, the fig­ures were 70.5% of Red 1 calls re­sponded to within eight min­utes in May, the 12th month in a row in which fell be­low the stan­dard of 75%.

In ad­di­tion to this, 65% of Red 2 calls were re­sponded to within eight min­utes – this stan­dard has not been met since Jan­uary 2014.

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