Ambo response times fail to meet targets

Guy Grainger outside the Market RAsen Ambulance Station EMN-140615-074036001
Guy Grainger outside the Market RAsen Ambulance Station EMN-140615-074036001

Ambulance response times in Market Rasen and Caistor aren’t meeting government targets.

EMAS figures obtained by health campaigner Guy Grainger show that in the second half of 2014 “ambulance response times continue to be very poor.”

For the most serious incidents, the national targets are 75% attendance within eight minutes and 95% within 19 minutes. In Caistor, only 39% came within eight mins and 80% within 19 mins. For Market Rasen, 52% turned up within eight mins and 77% within 19 mins.

“There are enough responses to justify putting two ambulances on standby within the LN7 and LN8 postcodes. Only 268 of the 1,126 dual crewed ambulance responses were made by vehicles sited at Market Rasen. For every other incident an ambulance had to travel from at least as far away as Louth, Lincoln, Grimsby or Gainsborough,” Guy said.

Rasen-based Guy wants to meet EMAS chief executive Sue Noyes to demand two ambulances be deployed in Market Rasen instead of having one there part-time.

“Sadly people will have died because of the time an ambulance will have taken to reach them- this cannot be allowed to continue,” he said.

EMAS replied sparsely-populated rural areas present challenges like narrow roads and having longer distances to travel. Initiatives like fire crews responding to medical emergencies and LIVES help.