AMBULANCE response time improvements in Bendigo are in line with those across the state but are still failing to meet time targets set by paramedics.
In the third quarter of its 2017/18 reporting period, Ambulance Victoria reported its response to code one emergencies had improved both quarter-on-quarter and to the same time last year.
The increase from last quarter was 1.4 per cent, while over the course of the year it was three per cent.
The figures showed that 83 per cent of code one emergencies in Victoria were responded to within the benchmark time of 15 minutes for urban localities and metropolitan areas.
The time target for urban areas in 90 per cent, and state-wide the target is 85 per cent.
In Bendigo, 80.5 per cent of code one emergencies were responded to within 15 minutes, up five per cent on the same time last year.
That increase came as paramedics attended just 12 fewer incidents than the 1385 at the same time last year.
The average response time was 11 minutes and 53 seconds, compared to 13 minutes and four seconds in the third quarter of 2016/17.
The average response time for the 1076 code two incidents recorded by paramedics was 24 minutes and five seconds.
Ambulance Victoria CEO Tony Walker said the organisation was well-prepared for the upcoming flu season with more paramedics and ambulances than ever before.
“While last year’s heavy flu season had a significant impact on the health of Victorians, we were able to not only meet demand but improve our response performance,” he said.
Mr Walker said the organisation was encouraged by its latest performance results and would keep working to improve the service for patients.