At their meeting on Tuesday (October 28), the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) Trust Board has confirmed it supports a process for developing a new Estates Strategy by March 2015.
The Board agreed not to progress the previous 2012 Estates Strategy (‘Being the Best’) although EMAS will continue to introduce a number of Community Ambulance Stations across the region, as it has done so over the past 12 months.
Many of the Community Ambulance Stations may be shared facilities with other public services such as the Police and Fire Services.
Sue Noyes, EMAS Chief Executive said: “East Midlands Ambulance Service is a mobile healthcare provider – we treat our patients at the scene of an incident, in our emergency vehicles as we take them to hospital, or over the phone via our Clinical Assessment Team.
Our clinical and quality, fleet, information management and technology, and estates strategies which we reviewed at our meeting on Tuesday dovetail with our ‘Better Patient Care’ improvement plan and will support us to deliver our vision for delivering the right care, with the right resource, in the right place, at the right time.
“Since pausing our estates plans in October 2013, we have talked with and listened to our staff colleagues, the public, our patients, and stakeholders across the East Midlands.
“We will continue to do this as we develop all of our strategies over the next few months to make sure they make sense for the future. Being part of the communities we serve is very important to us.”
The EMAS Board supported the approach that will see the strategy developed, the existing estate reviewed and updated and the continued introduction of a number of Community Ambulance Stations.
The aim is to have a final Estates Strategy at the March 2015 Board meeting.