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Mablethorpe Ambulance Station facing closure under new plans

MABLETHORPE’S Ambulance Station looks likely to be closed under new plans to improve performance and response times.

The Stanley Avenue site could also be joined by Louth’s station in being closed by East Midlands Ambulance Service over the next five years.

The body announced plans recently to work from 13 main hubs including Skegness and Lincoln, and 131 ‘tactical deployment units’, with the rest of the stations facing closure.

EMAS say the majority of ambulance stations are mostly empty ‘all day, every day’ and many are ‘very dated and in poor physical condition’.

‘Urgent care crews’ will also be formed, with new vehicles provided to the teams over the next two years, they would provide transport for patients who need to get to hospital but do not need paramedic treatment.

A consultation period will begin on August 1.

EMAS Chief Executive Phil Milligan said: “Our plans are to deliver better performance which we know is important to patients and staff, and the changes we propose should see our response to immediately life-threatening 999 calls improve by about five per cent which means we will get to more people faster, enabling us to provide better patient care.

“We know that East Midlands residents have been concerned about our response times, we now have a plan to deliver long term, sustainable performance.

“These plans are right for patients and right for our staff.”

Do you agree with these plans? Would they increase response times or is this another cutback? Comment on this story using the form below or email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpresss.co.uk.

 

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