Last March, I announced government’s commitment to better access and better care for Islanders through enhancements to our provincial health care system.
One of those enhancements was the introduction of two Rapid Response Units to the provincial ambulance fleet.
Rapid Response Units are medically equipped SUV’s operated by a highly skilled emergency medical technician that can respond to a 911 call immediately.
The rapid response units began operating this past August and stay within West Prince and Kings County to ensure access to emergency services improves in those rural communities.
The new units operate Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. which is the busiest time for emergency calls across the province.
Since their introduction in August, the units have performed 126 calls and have enabled approximately 15 per cent of patients to remain at home and not have to be transported to an emergency room.
The introduction of Rapid Response Units has led to overall reductions in volumes of rides as well as improved ambulance response times in our province.
A new inter facility transfer vehicle will begin operation later this month and will help to further reduce response times.
Our government is committed to continuing to find ways to strengthen our ambulance services and will work with Island EMS and Health PEI to ensure quality, patient-centered care for all Islanders.