Modelling emergency ambulance services in Northern Ireland

NIAS, Belfast. Ambulance response times

A Hindle, 2006

A great deal of attention has been focussed on reducing response times to emergency incidents – particularly life-threatening incidents. In Northern Ireland (and in some other parts of the UK) innovative schemes have been developed to achieve response time standards especially in areas with a rural geography. In Northern Ireland the Excel MapPoint approach has been used to identify locations for ambulance stations, sub-stations, rapid response vehicles and first responders and provide decision support for operational deployments to these locations. In addition, we have collaborated with ORH (Operational Research for Health) in Reading on similar work in Great Britain not only in relation to ambulances but also police deployment and domiciliary services.