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Posted On: 9 April 2019 10:11 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

HMC's ambulance service response time quicker than national targets

Binu Cherian
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The average time for Hamad Medical Corporations (HMC) Ambulance Service to respond to emergency calls in Qatar is faster than the target set by Qatars first National Health Strategy in 2011.

In 2018, HMCs Ambulance Service responded to approximately 115,000 priority 1 calls - the most urgent category of calls - in an average time of 7 minutes within Doha and 8.2 minutes in rural areas of Qatar.

The Executive Director of HMCs Ambulance Service Brendon Morris, highlighted the importance of ambulance teams arriving in time to provide what is often lifesaving care.

"In a medical emergency, every second counts. When someones life is in the balance it is vital that our paramedics are able to get to them as fast as possible and begin administering medical treatment," explained Morris.

"The National Health Strategy 2011-2016 set clear response time targets for the Ambulance Service and I am incredibly proud that we have consistently met, and even exceeded, these targets for the past eight years," added the Executive Director of HMCs Ambulance Service.

These impressive response times have been achieved despite an increase in the number of calls received by the service year on year. In recent years the Ambulance Service has expanded the LifeFlight Service, introduced a new state-of-the-art ambulance fleet and built dispatch points around the country. These steps have enabled the service to reach patients quickly, regardless of their location.

"This is the third time we have run the campaign and it is vital that we continue to remind members of the public of the importance of following the Know the 5 instructions," explained Ali Darwish, Assistant Executive Director of the Ambulance Service.

Source: QNA