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Plan for ambulance service changes to be put to public

PROPOSED changes to our ambulance service, which could see stations being closed, will be put to the public from tomorrow (Monday).

East Midlands Ambulance Service’s ‘Being the Best’ project will launch its consultation, giving the public the chance to air their views on the changes to the future of the service.

EMAS say the review is happening to provide patients with the best service possible, by improving response times and ensuring the correct level of skilled clinician attends their call, also making the ambulance service more efficient and effective going forward.

The plans to close Louth’s Amulance Station were met with plenty of criticism locally, with the Leader backing a local resident’s campaign to save it.

It is being proposed that there will be 131 Community Ambulance Posts, standby points and hubs. Ambulances will respond from all three on a daily basis and they will replace the existing 66 Ambulance Stations across the East Midlands.

The Hubs will be large ‘super stations’ where ambulance crews will start their shift, collect a fully-equipped, well maintained vehicle, and be a base for clinical and support staff.

Phil Milligan, East Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, said: “We are committed to being the best ambulance service we can be, and we know that we need to fundamentally improve the way we work to achieve this.

“These proposals have been developed with our clinical colleagues, and will ensure that we provide the best possible emergency and urgent care for all those living and working in the East Midlands.

“The proposals focus on the way we deliver our services from stations and standby points. We must ensure that we spend our limited resources in making our frontline services that best they can be, rather than on updating old buildings that are not fit for the future.

“We’re really keen to hear everyone’s thoughts and ideas on these proposals, and help us to shape our future.”

The consultation runs from September 17 to December 17 and copies of the plans are available at www.emas.nhs.uk, by emailing beingthebest@emas.nhs.uk or calling 0800 917 9911.

What do you think of the plans? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.

 

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