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South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

High activity levels put SCAS under strain

PERFORMANCE: High levels of emergency demand have caused the South Central Ambulance Service to miss a key response time indicator.

The trust reported that in April activity was three per cent higher than the same period last year, although 3.5 per cent down on the previous month, which was “exceptionally busy”.

The largest increases year on year were Berkshire and Hampshire, both up seven per cent. Board papers say “this was offset by shrinkage in activity in Portsmouth and Southampton which showed a combined reduction of six per cent.”

“We continue to experience operational challenges in Berkshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire.”

In March, “high activity has had an effect on response time”, with the trust failing to hit the national target of 75 per cent of category A emergency calls are responded to within eight minutes. Actual performance for the month was 74.4 per cent.

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