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THE area’s ambulance service is the best performing in England for response times, a new report shows.

Figures from the NHS Information Centre show that South Central Ambulance Service responds to life-threatening calls within eight minutes, in 77.5 per cent of the cases – which equates to 81,300 calls.

This is the highest response time for 2010/11 out of all the ambulance trusts in the country.

The average was 74.9 per cent.

Michelle Ullett, spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said the service welcomed the report.

She said: ‘This is the culmination of everyone’s hard work and dedication to provide the best response for our most poorly patients in Hampshire.’

But the service continues to strive to do better.

She added: ‘We are working closely with partners within the health service to reduce ambulance delays at hospital and to develop alternative pathways for patients so that ambulance crews have a range of options open to them other than taking the patient to A&E.’