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Ambulance station could close

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: October 31, 2012

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ASHBOURNE’S ambulance station could be replaced with a “community post” as part of a centralisation plan which is currently being discussed by 999 bosses.

The station, in Park Road, would be one of 66 East Midlands Ambulance Service bases.

These could be replaced with 13 hightech ‘hubs’ and Ashbourne’s nearest proposed hubs would be in either Derby or Chesterfield.

Rather than start shifts from the ambulance stations, crews would start their shifts from the hubs and head for the Community Ambulance Posts — which are proposed to be venues shared with other emergency services.

The service has moved to play down fears that the changes could lead to lengthened response times and insist the plans, which are currently subject to a consultation period, will ‘improve efficiency’ across the region.

However, opponents of the EMAS proposals say the closure of stations and having drivers start their shifts in city bases would put people living in rural areas at risk, and lead to non-local crews covering much larger areas.

Full information on the proposals can be seen by visiting www.emas.nhs.uk/ get-involved/being-the-bestconsultation.

The public consultation period ends on Monday, December 17.

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  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  November 28 2012, 8:30AM

    Isnt it strange how the country can fund an unwinnable war in Afghanistan where people are brutally killed, yet when it comes to actually saving lives we seem to be short of money,how an ambulance can get to lets say for instance Kniveton, from Derby quicker than one from Ashbourne is a complete mystery to me,and I am sure to many others in the area as well

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  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  November 02 2012, 7:12PM

    I hear the unions have put forward a vote of no confidence towards the CEO, intersting times ahead for him! They have failed hit their performnace again last month....

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  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  November 01 2012, 8:24AM

    Why won't these managers listen, this won't work. There is real anger in the community, the ambulance service cannot meets its response times so they will have to drive from Derby to get to an emergency in Ashbourne. No chance! Also why can't they be honest and say it is about saving money, at least they would gain some respect for honesty. If they treat the public like this how do they treat their staff...

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