Ambo response times lift

More resources making a difference to emergencies

EXTRA resources have improved response times for ambulance services in the North East.

EXTRA resources have improved response times for ambulance services in the North East.

According to the latest data from the State Government, paramedics are responding to the most serious emergencies within 15 minutes, 90 per cent of the time in our region.

The code one priority zero emergencies include cardio or respiratory cases where there is a potential threat to life or actual life threatening events.

The government said 6869 additional shifts for paramedics were created in the Hume region last financial year, with 60 more paramedics employed in the region to handle a total of 45,148 cases (22 per cent increase).

In Wangaratta,  response times had really picked up since the station put into action the single response MICA paramedic unit, according to Central Hume group manager, Ian Hunt.

He said there are more resources on the ground, with three stretcher ambulances during the day and two at night, backed up by the MICA unit around the clock.

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