Ambulance response times improve in shire

Ambulance response times in the Central Goldfields Shire have improved by more than one minute in the past 12 months, according to recently released data.

For the January 1 to March 31 period, 62.1 percent of ambulances in the Central Goldfields reached their destination within Ambulance Victoria’s target of 85 percent of cases responding within 15 minutes, recording an average response time of 14 minutes and 31 seconds, according to recently released performance data from Ambulance Victoria.

The most recent results have improved by almost one minute compared to 12 months prior, which recorded an average time of 15 minutes and 29 seconds.

The January to March results are slightly worse than the previous reporting period, from October 1 to December 31, 2018, which saw 65.5 percent of ambulances meet the target time, with an average response time of 14 minutes and 33 seconds.

According to Ambulance Victoria, code one refers to incidents which require urgent paramedic and hospital care, based on information available at time of call.

The Central Goldfields Shire’s results are significantly better than neighbouring shires with Hepburn, Mount Alexander and the Pyrenees all falling well outside of the target time.

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