Public meeting on ambulance station changes in Louth

A PUBLIC meeting to gauge local opinion on local ambulance service changes is to be held in Louth on Wednesday, October 10.

East Midlands Ambulance Service propose to scrap their 66 existing ambulance stations, including the ones in Louth and Mablethorpe, and replace them with 13 ‘superhubs’, the closest being Skegness, as well as 131 ‘Community Ambulance Posts’.

The plans have come under fire in recent months, with campaigners bidding to keep the Louth station open.

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.”

Louth’s meeting takes place at the Meridian Leisure Centre from 2pm.