AMBULANCES are reaching us quicker. But only just.
In the latest Ambulance Victoria performance data recently released Campaspe Shire paramedics are responding to life-threatening medical emergencies seven seconds faster than the 12 months prior.
But our shire is falling behind the state average, with only 65.8 per cent of code one call-outs arriving within the 15-minute target.
The state average is 79.5 per cent.
This means code one ambulances in Victoria are now arriving one minute and 34 seconds faster on average compared to this quarter three years ago, when response times blew out to the worst September quarter on record.
The average wait time for a code one emergency in Campaspe Shire is 14.45 minutes and there were 474 call-outs in this quarter.
You will have to wait twice as long if your emergency is classed as a code two, with the average wait time at 30.2 minutes.
This year’s influenza season has placed significant pressure on hospitals throughout the state, with respiratory presentations to emergency departments across the state almost 20 per cent higher than the same time last year.
A record 454,018 patients attended Victorian hospital emergency departments this quarter — an increase of 32,486 patients or 7.7 per cent compared to last year.