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Bridlington and Scarborough Hospitals: Ambulance Services

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the effect on response times of ambulances travelling between Bridlington and Scarborough Hospital of snow and bad weather was in (a) December 2009 and (b) January 2010. (311110)

The information requested is not collected centrally. The latest available data for Yorkshire Ambulance Service response times are shown in the following table:

Ambulance emergency and urgent incidents: response times by ambulance service and category of call, 2008-09

Category A calls

Category B calls

Ambulance service

Total number of incidents with emergency response (Thousand)

Response within 8 minutes (Percentage)

Total number of incidents with ambulance vehicle arriving (Thousand)

Response within 19 minutes (Percentage)

Total number of incidents with ambulance vehicle arriving (Thousand)

Response within 19 minutes (Percentage)

England

1,940.7

74.3

1,934.7

96.9

2,553.3

91.0

Yorkshire

203.1

69.4

202.1

96.1

204.9

90.6

Notes: 1. Category A: presenting conditions, which may be immediately life threatening and should receive an emergency response within eight minutes irrespective of location in 75 per cent. of cases. Presenting conditions which require an ambulance vehicle capable of transporting the patient to attend the incident must receive that response within 19 minutes of the request for transport (being made by the initial responder or being identified by the call taker, whichever is earlier) in 95 per cent. of cases. 2. Category B: presenting conditions, which though serious are not immediately life threatening and must receive a response within 19 minutes in 95 per cent. of cases. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care.