New data reveals residents of Maribyrnong are waiting longer for ambulances than the rest of the state

By Molly Magennis

Ambulance response times in Maribyrnong increased beyond the recommended time as paramedics in Victoria responded to their busiest quarter on record.

The latest performance data from Ambulance Victoria (AV) for the period between January and March this year revealed that the average response time for code one incidents, which includes all life-threatening incidents, was 15 minutes and 27 seconds, slightly above the average recommended response. 15 minute time.

This is a significant increase from the previous quarter, which had an average wait time of 13 minutes and 53 seconds.

This jump was further reflected in data which showed that 69% of emergencies in Maribyrnong were handled within 15 minutes, a decrease from the previous quarter (74%).

These increases can be attributed to the number of calls in the region, which increased by 157 compared to the same period last year (1125 against 968).

On average, Hobsons Bay residents have to wait 14 minutes and 55 seconds for an ambulance to respond, a slight increase from the previous quarter’s average response time (14 minutes and 34 seconds).

Ambulance Employees Australia Victoria (AEAV) secretary Brett Adie said paramedics are being pushed “beyond acceptable levels” in order to maintain service.

“They are tired and exhausted,” he said.

“They’ve been asked to sacrifice more pre-COVID and that’s just increased with the impact on the number of cases and staff exposed to COVID.”

“Many paramedics find that they need to limit their work exposure to give themselves the opportunity to recharge their batteries.”

The average statewide response time to code a case was 15 minutes and 15 seconds.

Ambulance Victoria Barwon South West Regional Manager Terry Marshall reminded the public to tape Triple Zero calls for emergencies.

“GPs and pharmacists can provide non-emergency care and Nurse-On-Call offers free medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if your condition is not life-threatening,” it said. he declares.

“Some people are hesitant to call Triple Zero because they don’t know if their situation is an emergency. When in doubt, always call Triple Zero and the trained operator will assist and direct you.

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