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Trust Board announces region's ambulance service achieves emergency targets

Attendees at this week’s Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust Board meeting held in public in Halifax were updated on the latest achievements and developments at the Trust.

For the second consecutive year, the Trust has achieved the national response standards for its emergency service. 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.  The Trust is continuing to exceed these targets and is currently one of the best performing ambulance services in the country. 
In addition, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, as this region’s provider of the NHS 111 service, is considered to be providing a safe, good quality service for patients contacting the urgent care helpline.  The Trust will continue to work with its healthcare partners to develop the service further as it rolls out more widely across the region.

The Trust Board also discussed the progress of its Foundation Trust application and confirmed that the Trust Development Authority (TDA) is now responsible for overseeing the recommendation of Trusts to Monitor, the healthcare regulator.  Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s application is now expected to be reviewed in September 2013 and passed to Monitor for authorisation in 2014.

Commenting, Yorkshire Ambulance Service Chairman Della Cannings, said: “We are pleased with both A&E performance and the launch of the new NHS 111 service. These achievements are testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone at the Trust, particularly our frontline staff who care for patients across the region every day.  We are committed to making further improvements in the future for the benefit of our patients.”

The next Trust Board meetings to be held in public will take place on:

  • Tuesday 4 June 2013 – Yorkshire Ambulance Service HQ, Wakefield (Extraordinary Board Meeting)
  • 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