Emas reveals proposals to close every ambulance station in our area

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EVERY ambulance station in our area could close as part of plans published today by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

The proposals could lead to 66 ambulance stations closing in total, along with 153 standby points which the service, known as Emas, says are in poor condition and are empty most of the time.

Instead there would be 131 tactical deployments points, where amenities for the crews are available, and 13 centralised hubs to support the crews and ambulances.

Ambulance stations in Stamford, Oakham, Bourne and Market Deeping would go.

Tactical deployment points are planned locally for Oakham, Stamford, Morton, Market Deeping and Oundle, with the nearest hubs in Kettering, Leicester and Lincoln.

Emas says its strategy, called the Being the Best change programme, will improve performance and response times. They will be presented at a public board of directors meeting on Monday.

Emas said more investment will be made in emergency care practitioners, who are nurses and paramedics with additional training to treat and refer patients to the appropriate service.

Chief executive Phil Milligan said: “Our plans are to deliver better performance which we know is important to patients and staff, and the changes we propose should see our response to immediately life-threatening 999 calls improve by about five per cent.

“To continue to implement our quality strategy and to meet current and future performance standards, Emas has to change.

“If we choose not to implement change, we will not be able to meet patients’ needs – as defined by response times, improve the working life of our staff, nor meet the financial challenges faced.”

If the board approves the recommendations on Monday, Emas will launch a full pubic consultation in September.