Figures put South Central Ambulance Service near top of table

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NEW figures show paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service are among the country’s best when dealing with heart attack patients.

Survival rates for patients resuscitated by the service are higher than the national average, 28.7 per cent compared to 21.1, putting the trust in the top four.

It also came top of the league when it came to giving suspected stroke patients the right care after a face-to-face assessment, achieving a 100 per cent strike rate.

The figures show that the survival rates for patients resuscitated by Hampshire ambulance staff after a cardiac arrest was 6.8 per cent, higher than the national average of six per cent.

This relates to 147 patients during April, ten of whom left hospital alive – putting SCAS fourth out of the 12 ambulance trusts in the country.

But only 62.3 per cent of the 175 suspected stroke patients who received a face-to-face assessment were moved to a hyperacute stroke centre within an hour, compared to 66.2 per cent nationally.