On the Scotland website, ‘How fast is the ambulance service where you live?’
When you look further, you get this puzzling map:
At first sight, you think, great, response times in Scotland are pretty good and maybe they are (Scottish average is 6m 57s) but nearly all of it is coded ‘No data’ or ‘Few callouts.’ You don’t need to have done the research methods module to realise that this is utterly meaningless for the Scottish context.
However, out of curiosity, I thought I’d try KA7:
Good news, 6m 43s for South Ayrshire, well within the 6-8 recommended range and less than the Scotland average of 6m 57s. Wait, ‘Based on a low number of callouts?’ In a population of around 200 000 with Ayr at over 50 000, there’s a low number of callouts? I can’t relax in my garden for the regular wail of sirens.
Just how useful is this survey for readers in Scotland?
The BBC found:
Critically injured patients in rural areas are at risk due to the time it takes the ambulance service to reach them, a BBC investigation has found.
Those in some rural communities are waiting more than 20 minutes on average for help for cardiac arrests, seizures and life-threatening injuries.
Wouldn’t you need a reconditioned and adapted Harrier Jump Jet with room for a paramedic to get to some rural homes in 20m? Ayr General A&E to Straiton or Barr (I’ve driven these) would take at least 40 minutes unless you wanted to leave more death on the road than you hoped to prevent when you got there. The country is full of locations where 20 minutes is just ridiculous. Shouldn’t there be an organised emergency service by local GPs or nurses for remote places?