Ambulance trust is praised for good patient response times in NHS data

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PARAMEDICS across 1066 Country have been praised for their speedy response in treating seriously ill patients.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb), which provides ambulance cover across Sussex, Kent and Surrey, reached 76 per cent of life-threatening call-outs with eight minutes, beating the national average of 74.9 per cent.

The figures, which list all ambulance trusts across the UK, were published by the NHS Information Centre and cover the last 12 months.

The highest performing trust was South Central Ambulance Service where the figure was 77.5 per cent and the lowest one was East Midlands, the rate being 72.4 per cent.

A spokesman for the trust said: “We are pleased that once again we reached more life-threatening emergencies faster than ever before during 2010/2011.

“These figures show SECAmb reached 76 per cent of life-threatening Category A calls within eight minutes last year.

“This means 3,190 more seriously ill or injured patients received a response within eight minutes compared to 2009/2010.

“This was despite more than a seven per cent increase in 999 calls for the same period and with staff facing extremely challenging winter weather conditions.

“We will continue to ensure that we provide a responsive and high-quality ambulance ser vice to our communities.”