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A&E: More patients treated at scene


20 June 2013

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Ambulance services treated almost two million patients at the scene in 2012-13, a 10% rise on last year’s figures. 
More than a third (34%) of these patients were initially in a potentially life threatening condition, but did not need to be transported to A&E. 
The report, released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that most ambulances (74%) reach potentially life threatening situations within the eight-minute target. 

Ambulance services treated almost two million patients at the scene in 2012-13, a 10% rise on last year’s figures. 
More than a third (34%) of these patients were initially in a potentially life threatening condition, but did not need to be transported to A&E. 
The report, released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that most ambulances (74%) reach potentially life threatening situations within the eight-minute target. 
Seven out of 12 ambulance trusts reached the national standard of 75%. 
HSCIC Chair Kingsley Manning said: “Our figures highlight a substantial rise in the number of patients who were treated entirely at the scene by ambulance services.
“This data is of significance given the recent debates about pressures on accident and emergency departments, how NHS resources are used and the best way of delivering patients excellent care.” 
The Ambulance Services, England: 2012-13 report shows control rooms received 9.08 million emergency calls in 2012-13, a rise of more than half a million (6.9%) on 2011-12 and one in three of these was recorded as Category A (32% or 2.95 million)
The full report can be viewed on the HSCIC website.  

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