Friday, 9 January 2015

Revealed: London longest life or death ambulance waiting times in England

London Ambulance Service was the best in the country however for getting back in contact with patients treated at the scene

London Ambulance Service took the longest times in England to get to patients

London ambulances took the longest times in England to arrive at life or death call-outs.
More than a third of the highest priority (Red 1) emergency calls took longer than eight minutes to arrive in November, NHS figures just released have revealed.
The target is for 75 per cent to arrive within eight minutes but London Ambulance Service (LAS) only managed 64.8 per cent - the worst in England for the fourth month running.
It was also the poorest performer for Red 2 category calls - all other blue light calls - with just 55 per cent arriving within the eight minute target.
The news comes as hospitals across England are dealing with significant backlogs in A&Es, with 12 this week declaring major incidents and three others significant incidents because of pressures on them.
However when it comes to getting back in contact within 24 hours of patients being treated at the scene, LAS had the highest proportion in England, with one in 12 (8.2 per cent) of those patients being contacted in November.
Jason Killens, director of LAS operations, said: “From April 1 to December 31, 2014 we reached 75 per cent of the most seriously ill and injured patients in under 11 minutes. We also reached 95 per cent of the most seriously ill and injured patients in under 20 minutes however, every year demand increases. We have received over 100,000 more calls in 2014 than 2013.
“During 2015 we are recruiting 1000 extra frontline staff. 124 frontline and control room staff are joining us in January.”
Across England 71.8 per cent of the life and death callers saw an ambulance within eight minutes and 68.4 per cent of Red 2 calls.
LAS had the most call-outs across England in November, with 40,760 of the most serious call-outs and 22,399 of Red 2 call-outs.

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