service misses its emergency call-out response targets
West Ambulance Service missed its emergency call-out response
targets in October, a new report has revealed this week.
service, which covers the Burnham-On-Sea area, achieved the eight-minute
response time for 71.68% of the most urgent calls, compared with
a target of 75%, a report to the board stated.
so-called 'red 1 calls' include cardiac arrest or life-threatening
ambulance trust said it was under "severe pressure"
and blamed increasing demand for its services.
report showed that on 'red 1 calls' the trust's performance was
also below the national average of 75.16%.
It also missed its 75% target for 'red 2 calls' for patients with
serious breathing difficulties or a suspected stroke.
trust spokesperson said: "Like all ambulance trusts around
the country, the service is facing an ongoing increase in demand
for its services meaning more calls to respond to and increasing
numbers of patients requiring care."
additional challenge for the south west region is that it is predominantly
rural, with many isolated communities."
area of the country also has the highest percentage of elderly
people who are more likely to access our services, especially
in the run up to and during winter."
added: "The trust would like to make an assurance that the
provision of high quality emergency and urgent care services remains
our top priority."
Western Ambulance Service covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly,
Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire as well as
Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.