What was the average waiting time for the following types of call out between October 1st, 2017 and March 31st, 2018: Category 1 Life threatening calls Category 2 Less severe emergency calls such as stroke patients Category 3 Urgent calls Less urgent calls.
Regarding time taken to unload patients at accident and emergency departments between the same dates, how many patients have had to wait in the ambulance: More than half an hour More than one hour More than two hours More than five hours More than 10 hours
The information requested in the above two questions can be found on the NHS England website though the published Ambulance Quality Indicators. As a result the Trust is applying exemption s.21 (information already reasonably accessible) of the Freedom of Information Act to this part of your request. In line with our obligations under s.16 of the Act to assist requestors, please find here a link to the relevant website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ambulance-quality-indicators/
How many times in each month has there been an ambulance divert because an accident and emergency centre has been forced to close? October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018
The Trust has never had a divert request due to a hospital being closed.
How many paramedics are you currently short of in your service, as of April 16th 2018?
The Paramedic Establishment is now 1885 wte to be filled over the next 2 years, as of April 2018, we currently have paramedic vacancies of 115wte. The data includes, all paramedics including senior paramedics and student paramedics Have any of your paramedics reported having to treat patients while inside hospital due a shortage of hospital staff? Please give details:
Have there been any incidents where paramedics have performed treatments that they were not trained to? Please say how many times this has happened, if any, in each month: October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018
How many emergency care assistants do you currently employ (as of April 16th, 2018) and have there been any occasions between October 1st 2017 and March 31st 2018 where they have performed treatment options without the proper supervision of a paramedic? Please provide details.
Emergency Care Assistants - Headcount 71 / WTE 66.71 Paramedics treating staff inside a hospital or performing treatments they were not trained to / ECAs performing treatment options without paramedic supervision - we have searched for incidents as requested and cannot find any where the incident description specifically states that either a paramedic had to treat a patient within a hospital or where a paramedic performed treatments they were not trained to, or where an ECA has performed a task outside of their scope of practice due to there not being a paramedic available.