Emas to speak about strategy at Healthwatch Rutland meeting

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A health watchdog has urged people to come to its latest board meeting to find out more about plans for the ambulance service.

An East Midlands Ambulance Service representative will give a presentation on the organisation’s future strategy at the Healthwatch Rutland meeting tomorrow (Friday).

The service, known as Emas, decided to shelve plans to close ambulance stations around the region in October. The station in Oakham had been earmarked for closure.

The trust’s board decided instead to come up with a new plan with a stronger focus on community ambulance stations, some of which would be shared with other emergency services.

Emas chief executive said at the time that the plan would form part of a larger strategy with the aim of “delivering the right care, with the right resource, in the right place, at the right time.”

An update on the strategy will be given at Friday’s meeting, which takes place at 1.30pm at The Gover Centre, Voluntary Action Rutland , in Lands End Way, Oakham.

An Emas spokesman said: “Over the last couple of months Emas has been developing five key strategies to support the transformation of our service and sit alongside our vision which will see us provide the best care, of the highest quality, and in the most efficient way, to people who live and work in the East Midlands.

“The meeting will see representatives from Emas provide background and an update on the vision and five-year plans, and an opportunity to demonstrate we are moving in the right direction.”

People will have the chance to ask questions once the presentation is over.

At the meeting Healthwatch Rutland board members will also discuss the development and delivery of the watchdog’s work, along with other policy updates. People will again be allowed to ask questions of the board.

The meeting agenda can be seen at www.healthwatchrutland.co.uk. If you would like to attend e-mail info@healthwatchrutland.co.uk.