Ambulance Services

Health written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of ambulance handovers took more than (a) 15, (b) 30, (c) 45 and (d) 60 minutes in the last 12 months.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information is not available in the format requested. The Department of Health expects ambulance trusts and acute trusts to work together and to share information to manage periods of high or unexpected demand effectively to prevent delays in patient handovers from occurring.

It is clearly important that patients are handed over to A and E as soon as possible after the ambulance arrives, and the A and E clock for the four-hour standard should start 15 minutes after the ambulance arrives regardless of whether the patient has been handed over or not. The Department continues to make clear to the NHS that local services need to ensure they have effective and efficient processes in place to deliver timely handover.

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