Jason Killens, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Chief Government, stated: “We had greater than 40,300 calls by way of 999 in November, which is 2,000 greater than final November.

“Whereas we’re dissatisfied to not have achieved our goal in November, the common response to a Purple name was six minutes and 39 seconds, and we reached 73 per cent of those calls in ten minutes.

“That stated, we settle for {that a} look ahead to assist can really feel for much longer to somebody in misery and we apologise to anybody who waited longer than they need to have.

“A rise in high-priority calls, coupled with vital hospital handover delays, have been the primary causes we missed our goal for the primary time since October 2015.

“This inevitably has a knock-on impact to the size of time folks have to attend for our care.

“Pressures are being felt throughout the entire system, not simply in Wales however nationally, and we proceed to work with well being boards to seek out methods to launch our ambulances rapidly and assist the discharge of sufferers, releasing up extra beds.

“We’re additionally doing a number of work to offer care nearer to sufferers’ houses and forestall hospital admissions within the first place, by upskilling our employees and dealing with companions to make sure we will level sufferers to various providers in the event that they don’t require a visit to hospital.

“We’ll all the time intention to get to these sufferers whose situation is life-threatening or very pressing first and as quickly as we will.  

“It’s necessary that individuals use the fitting service for them and don’t instantly flip to 999 or the Emergency Division.

“NHS Direct Wales, 111, or your native pharmacy is all the time place to start out.

“By doing this, you’re serving to us that will help you and shield our providers for these most in want of them.”

To view the figures in full, go to the StatsWales web site.

Editor’s Notice

As a part of the continuous evaluation of the scientific response mannequin, the Welsh Ambulance Service usually opinions name dealing with practices and the categorisation of incidents.

An replace to name dealing with practices this summer time seems to have resulted in an elevated Purple incident quantity.

Additional work is being undertaken to grasp this alteration, due to this fact it isn’t attainable to check Purple incident volumes in current months at current.

Will increase in Purple incident volumes might also influence on efficiency as a result of extra sources required to attend a purple incident.


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