Emergency 999 call-outs on the rise

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WIGAN’S ambulance service are dealing with more life-threatening emergencies than ever according to the latest figures.

A report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) found that the North West Ambulance Service saw a small decrease in call-outs for 2012/13, but the number of life-threatening emergencies (known as Category A calls) rose by 1.2 per cent.

Ged Blezard, acting director of paramedic emergency services said: “The trust has seen an overall decrease in emergency activity of one per cent so far this year compared with the same period in 2012/13.

“However, we have seen a 1.2 per cent increase in calls categorised as Red 1 (immediately life threatening).

“The trust is working closely with its Acute Trust partners to ensure focus is maintained on achieving timely patient handovers to support the release of ambulance resources to attend other emergency incidents as quickly as possible.”

In June 2013, the trust achieved Red 1 performance of 79.5 per cent against the target of 75 per cent.

The trust also attended 76.8 per cent of all its calls within the Government’s eight minute time directive - the third best in the UK.

HSCIC chairman Kingsley Manning said: “Our figures highlight a substantial rise in the number of patients who were treated entirely at the scene by ambulance services.

“This data is of significance given the recent debates about pressures on accident and emergency departments, how NHS resources are used and the best way of delivering patients excellent care”.