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The Welsh Ambulance Service responded to almost 80% of the most life-threatening calls in eight minutes or less in August.

First published:
28 September 2016
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

78.1% of the most life-threatening calls, known as Red calls, received a response within eight minutes, against a target of 65%.  This is an improvement of 2.8 percentage points on the July response rate of 75.3%.  

The standard response time for Red calls was 4 minutes 44 seconds and the Welsh Ambulance Service met the new target in all areas of Wales for the third month in a row.  

Almost 70% of all Amber calls, which are serious, but not immediately life-threatening, received a response within 20 minutes.  

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said:

“Patients with the most life-threatening conditions are continuing to receive a rapid emergency response and I want to thank Welsh Ambulance staff for their dedication and hard work.  

“Their efforts are helping to ensure their communities receive a safe and timely service.  The new system which we introduced last October, is working well and prioritising the most urgent calls.”