Success for Retford ambulance station campaign

Retford Ambulance Station (w120427-5b)
Retford Ambulance Station (w120427-5b)

Campaigners are celebrating today (Monday) following the decision to keep an ambulance station in Retford.

The trust board of East Midlands Ambulance Service agreed this morning to develop plans to create nine hubs, 19 ambulance stations and 108 community ambulance stations.

The community ambulance station in Retford was orignally earmarked for closure, along with the station in Worksop.

A huge campaign began to keep the services in Bassetlaw, with more than 19,000 signing a petition against the plans.

Earlier today the EMAS trust board agreed to keep a station in Retford, although a decision is still to be made about if it will remain at its current location.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann called it a victory for ‘common sense’ while Save Our Services spokesman and Retford councillor Adele Mumby said it was ‘a victory for the whole community.”

EMAS chief executive, Phil Milligan said: “We have approved plans to introduce nine hubs, 19 ambulance stations and 108 community ambulance stations. Having ambulances at community ambulance stations means that we can serve patients better.”

“Clinicians will be supported by Make Ready teams based at each hub and ambulance station to clean and stock our emergency vehicles, thereby allowing our skilled crews to get out on the road faster to respond to calls and ensuring that they have the right equipment with them.”

“The introduction of community ambulance stations will mean crews no longer have to return to large urban-centre ambulance stations and will be less likely to be drawn away from more rural areas. Indeed, we have also announced a trial of community paramedic schemes – which will see paramedics ring-fenced to a rural area, ensuring a local presence.”

For more on the story see this week’s Retford Guardian.