Investment in ambulance fleets and staff will improve response times further
06 March 2019
- The BBC has published a new tracker allowing people to check urgent ambulance response times at a postcode level.
- Its investigation found that critically injured patients in rural areas are at risk due to the time it takes the ambulance service to reach them.
- It also found that there are some rural areas in Britain where it took over 20 minutes on average for the ambulance service to reach a patient during January to October last year.
Responding, the director of communications at NHS Providers, Adam Brimelow, said:
“The introduction of new ambulance standards has resulted in quicker responses for people who need help most.
“The latest official figures – for January - show more than half of ambulance trusts were meeting the seven minute average response time for patients with a life threatening condition, despite continuing financial and workforce pressures and growing demand for urgent and emergency care.
The latest official figures – for January - show more than half of ambulance trusts were meeting the seven minute average response time for patients with a life threatening condition.
“The geography, age profile of local populations and the availability of other emergency services all influence how quickly ambulance services are able to respond. Living in a rural or urban area also makes a difference.
“Recent investment and a focus on expanding training and recruitment of paramedics are all positive steps which will help ambulance trusts and their staff to improve response times.
“Ambulance trusts play a key role in their wider health and care systems. As demand for the NHS continues to rise we must recognise their potential to help keep people out of hospital.”