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  1. Tsing Yi to get new ambulances

    Posted Dec 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But and Ng Yuk-hang The Fire Services Department will beef up emergency services in Tsing Yi next year, after three of its ambulances serving that area were sent to other districts in September, leading to a drop in performance. Only 93 per cent of ambulances arrived within 12 minutes after an emergency call in Tsing Yi from October, a drop from 96 per cent in the previous ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/702372/tsing-yi-get-new-ambulances
  2. Three-tier ambulance call plan may begin in 2013

    Posted Jan 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang A proposed three-tier system for grading the urgency of ambulance calls may be implemented in 2013 and the Fire Services Department will submit a proposal to the Legislative ... The proposed respective target response times are nine, 12, and 20 minutes. Ambulance operators will ask clear, structured questions such as whether the patient is conscious and breathing, Lo said, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/704331/three-tier-ambulance-call-plan-may-begin-2013
  3. Ambulance delays 'unlikely to have caused deaths'

    Posted Dec 04th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man Three elderly people whose ambulances broke down before they could be taken to hospital would almost certainly have died even if the vehicles had been in working order, doctors ... the ambulances that were called to transport them broke down. The three cases occurred within weeks of one another, on July 20 and 28, and August 15 last year, respectively. Each of the patients had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700267/ambulance-delays-unlikely-have-caused-deaths
  4. Elderly man declared dead at hospital after ambulance failure leads to 12-minute delay

    Posted Jun 06th 2009, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... on the government to swiftly replace the city's ageing ambulance fleet. Tsui Kan-wo, 83, collapsed while exercising in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay. His friend, a 72-year-old woman, called police ... a defibrillator and cardiac massage on him,' a spokeswoman said. A 10-year-old ambulance, which had returned to service a week ago after repairs, arrived at 7.22am- within the department's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/682786/elderly-man-declared-dead-hospital-after-ambulance-failure-leads-12-minute-delay
  5. Ambulance breakdown delays treatment

    Posted Jun 20th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai A woman with heart pain received emergency treatment nine minutes late after an ambulance broke down on its way to Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday, the Fire Services Department said. The vehicle, which was 10 years old and had a maintenance check this month, broke down near 66 Waterloo Road at 2.05pm. A replacement vehicle picked up the patient at 2.14pm. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/684227/ambulance-breakdown-delays-treatment
  6. 190 new ambulances to cost HK$200m

    Posted Sep 29th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam The Fire Services Department would spend HK$200 million to replace 190 ambulances over the next two years, chief ambulance officer Mak Kwai-pui said yesterday. The department would have about 35 new ambulances by the end of the year. He said inspections of vehicles had been increased from three times a year to four. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/654386/190-new-ambulances-cost-hk200m
  7. Swift replacement of ambulance fleet urged

    Posted Oct 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Lawmakers accused the government yesterday of acting slowly in replacing an ageing ambulance fleet, with the security minister saying that it could take up to three years despite the legislature approving funding last year. Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong told the Legislative Council that 196 ambulances, or 80 per cent of the 246-strong fleet, would be replaced ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657351/swift-replacement-ambulance-fleet-urged
  8. Don't abuse ambulance service

    Posted Nov 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Some Hongkongers call for an ambulance even though it is not an emergency. This cannot be solved by grading calls according to their urgency. It is difficult for paramedics to classify emergency calls without the public's co-operation. People who call the service usually want the ambulance to come as soon as possible. So some of them might lie about their condition ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/659014/dont-abuse-ambulance-service
  9. Public to be consulted on grading system for ambulance calls

    Posted Jan 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang Hongkongers will be asked to give their views this year on a new ambulance response system that ranks calls by degrees of emergency, so that the more serious medical cases receive the fastest attention. A recently concluded consultancy report proposes that calls for an ambulance be sorted into five categories, each with a different response-time target ranging from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668019/public-be-consulted-grading-system-ambulance-calls
  10. Ombudsman to check complaints on free ambulance service

    Posted Sep 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But The Ombudsman will investigate the Hospital Authority's free ambulance-transfer service, which shuttles ill people between home, clinics and hospitals, after receiving ... afternoon of that day that no ambulance was available, Lai said. A direct investigation would look at three areas: the booking and scheduling system, the mechanism for monitoring the service, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/693959/ombudsman-check-complaints-free-ambulance-service

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