Ambitious plans to save Nottinghamshire’s ambulance stations will see a new station set up in Bulwell.
On Tuesday, bosses at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) approved a plan which will see no more stations sold off in Nottinghamshire and pledged to maintain and improve current facilities.
Two smaller stop off points for paramedics, known as community ambulance stations, will be created at Bulwell Police station and Tollerton Airport.
Richard Henderson, EMAS director of operations, said: “The number of places which ambulances can be deployed from will be increased.
“We will move resources around to maximise efficiency and the potential for us to get to more life-threatening calls on time. “We will always need ambulance stations because we need a place for our staff to report, and to keep their vehicles and equipment.”
The new stations in Bulwell and Tollerton add to the six that already exist – five of which are based at Nottinghamshire fire stations. EMAS has already sold stations in West Bridgford and Arnold.
In October 2014, EMAS reviewed their estates policy to reflect a move towards working with partners across five counties, recommendations from the Keogh review to transform services, the continued tightening of public finances, as well as an increased focus on technology and ‘the importance of taking account of the views of our staff, our stakeholders and the public in the decisions we take around how our services are configured’.
Community ambulance stations usually consist of a toilet and kitchen facilities and parking spaces for one or two emergency vehicles.