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Region's Ambulance Service Achieves Emergency Response Targets

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust Board has met in public to approve the organisation’s annual report, quality accounts and financial summary and confirm that national response standards have been achieved for the second consecutive year.

In 2012-13 (1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013), emergency ambulances reached 75.3% of the most seriously ill and injured patients within 8 minutes and 97% within 19 minutes, both being above national targets of 75% and 95% respectively. 
The Trust Board also discussed the progress being made towards becoming a foundation trust. Yorkshire Ambulance Service is currently awaiting a ‘quality challenge’ from the NHS Trust Development Authority to enable it to move to the final stage with Monitor, the healthcare regulator.

Other key priorities for 2013-14 include:

  • further improvement of clinical outcomes for patients suffering a pre-hospital cardiac arrest and reducing mortality from major trauma
  • providing more telephone advice and support for the treatment and care of more patients at home
  • sustaining and further improving emergency response standards (including rural areas)
  • increasing engagement and involvement of our staff and local communities and realising the benefits of a diverse Foundation Trust membership
  • working with health and social care partners to shape future urgent care services
  • improving efficiency and productivity, ensuring high quality care for patients and value for commissioners and taxpayers.

The next Trust Board meeting to be held in public will take place on:
Tuesday 23 July 2013 – Sneaton Castle in Whitby.

If you would like to attend the meeting please register your interest by emailing corp-comms@yas.nhs.uk or telephoning 01924 584035.

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department