Ambulances in the Central Goldfields Shire were able to deliver quality services to patients in great time during the last few months of 2019.
The shire’s recently released October to December code one response times — incidents that require urgent paramedic and hospital care — showed 65.4 percent of ambulances arrived within 15 minutes during that month.
While it didn’t meet Ambulance Victoria’s goal to respond to code one incidents within 15 minutes for 85 percent of incidents state-wide, it was an improvement on the previous quarter (July-September) where 65 percent of ambulances arrived within 15 minutes.
Paramedics responded to 237 code one incidents during October to December — 20 more than the previous three months — and the average response time was 13 minutes and 54 seconds, around a minute better than the previous 14 minutes and 51 seconds.
It’s also one of the quickest response times recorded for local ambulances in the past 12 months.
The shire’s code two incidents — acute and time sensitive, but do not require a lights and sirens response — were also greatly improved, with an average response time of 25 minutes and 36 seconds, a big improvement on the previous quarter’s 28 minutes and 35 seconds.
For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 11