Paramedics are responding faster on average to the most seriously ill people in the Grampians Region after record demand for ambulances eased between January and March.
In Ballarat there were 2162 first response callouts with on average 13 minutes and 18 seconds the time it took for an ambulance to arrive, that’s close to 30 seconds quicker than the last quarter.
By comparison it took paramedics 16 minutes and 2 seconds on average to respond to a callout in Bendigo.
“Now is not the time to be complacent. We know demand is already rising again and will continue to do so as we head towards winter,” Ambulance Victoria Grampians Regional Director Peter Jenkins said.
“That’s why I encourage all Victorians to take care of themselves and keep regular check-ups with your GP or specialist and get your COVID-19 booster and annual flu shot.”
“For more minor ailments, visit your local Priority Primary Care Centre in Ballarat,” he said.
Ambulance bosses say the improvement is largely because of reduced demand and fewer staff being off sick.