Scilly’s Ambulance Crew Beating Response Targets

ambulance 4Scilly’s ambulance crew are beating their target for responding to the most serious emergencies.

The region’s ambulance trust, SWAST, says that there were 51 so-called ‘red calls’ received between April and August this year.

They are the highest priority and include cardiac arrest, strokes and breathing problems.

In 88% of cases the crew arrived within 8 minutes. The target is an 8-minute response time for 75% of jobs.

SWAST was criticised in a Council health meeting earlier this year over reports that the wireless system for contacting off-island responders was faulty and staff were not getting alerts. There were concerns that lives could have been put at risk.

SWAST have confirmed that they did have a problem with the mobile system, Tetra.

The aerial for the private, two-way messenger system had degraded. Replacements were fitted on 11th August and SWAST say that there have been no reported coverage issues since then.

They say that mobile and landline numbers are used as a backup and there has never been a delay in getting to patients.