NHS England has announced a new set of performance targets for the ambulance service which will apply to all 999 calls for the first time.
- National response targets to apply to every single 999 patient for the first time
- Faster treatment for those needing it to save 250 lives a year
- An end to “hidden waits” for millions of patients
- Up to 750,000 more calls a year to get an immediate response
- New standards to drive improved care for stroke and heart attack
- World’s largest clinical ambulance trial updates decades-old system
The new targets will save lives and remove “hidden” and long waits suffered by millions of patients, including reducing lengthy waits for the frail and elderly. The new system is backed by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the Stroke Association and the British Heart Foundation amongst others.
Call handlers will change the way they assess cases and will have slightly more time to decide the most appropriate clinical response. As a result cardiac arrest patients can be identified quicker than ever before, with evidence showing this could save up to 250 lives every year.
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