Action group set up to save Bourne’s ambulance station

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A councillor has issued a call to action to people concerned about the potential impact of the closure of an ambulance station.

East Midlands Ambulance Service, known as Emas, wants to close all its ambulance stations, including the one in South Road, Bourne.

It would replace them with community posts and standby points.

Paramedics would begin and end their shifts at one of seven new hubs, with the nearest hub to Bourne proposed for Sleaford.

The service is consulting on the proposals and says coverage would not be affected by the changes.

At a meeting in Stamford on Wednesday last week, Emas commercial director Andrew Spice said the new posts and hubs would enable crews to answer calls more quickly and would improve conditions for staff.

He said that although ambulances were currently based at the station in Bourne, crews spent very little time there and often answered calls while on the road.

But Bourne town councillor Brenda Johnson thinks closing the station would cause problems. She has started an action group against the plans and wants people to join her in opposing them.

She said: “If we don’t act now it’s going to be too late.

“If an ambulance goes to a big accident and runs out of drugs they are going to have to go back to Sleaford to restock.

“In that time someone could die. I think there is a real danger that we are going to have lives lost.”

Coun Johnson wants anyone who opposes the plans to contact her before the consultation period ends on December 17.

Bourne Town Council has called on Emas to arrange a public meeting for residents in the Bourne area.

And mayor Helen Powell has urged people to contact Emas to ask for detailed explanations of the proposals.

You can contact Coun Johnson on 07546 205504 or 07875 308837.