Am­bu­lance ser­vice beats re­sponse time tar­gets

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

THE re­gion’s am­bu­lance ser­vice has sur­passed na­tional tar­gets for re­sponse times, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est monthly re­port by the Depart­ment of Health.

The East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (EEAS) at­tended 76.21 per cent of po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing calls within eight min­utes in March, ex­ceed­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s bench­mark of 75 per cent.

The am­bu­lance ser­vice re­sponded to 19,659 po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing, or ‘red cat­e­gory’, calls in March get­ting to 15,010 within eight min­utes.

Of those red calls, 19,569 re­quired a dou­ble-staffed am­bu­lance to trans­port pa­tients to hospi­tal and 18,657 ar­rived at hospi­tal within 19 min­utes - a 95.34 per cent rate against the 95 per cent na­tional tar­get.

The lat­est achieve­ment means EEAS has beaten the tar­gets for the en­tire year be­tween April 2011 and March 2012.

EEAS chief ex­ec­u­tive Hay­den New­ton said: “Ev­ery­one in the ser­vice is de­lighted to see all the hard work from staff, vol­un­teers and man- agers in de­liv­er­ing im­prove­ments for pa­tients pay off with these ex­cel­lent re­sults.

“It means we have now ex­ceeded the na­tional tar­get for get­ting to 75 per cent of high pri­or­ity calls within eight min­utes over the year and can now look for­ward to build­ing on those im­prove­ments even fur­ther go­ing for­ward into the next 12 months.

“We will con­tinue to fo­cus on giv­ing pa­tients the right care in the right place at the right time and re­duc­ing pa­tient han­dover times at hos­pi­tals.”

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